26 January 1999
Boars threaten wildlife, says government advisor

BRITAINS wild boars should be eradicated because of the risk they pose to wildlife and public safety, says the Game Conservancy Trust, which advises the government on conservation issues.

The trust also warned that the animals could damage crops, kill lambs and ground-nesting birds and pass on diseases to free-range pigs.

There are about 300 wild boars at large in Kent, East Sussex and Dorset after escaping from commercial farms. Each female can produce two litters of up to nine piglets each year.

The trusts recommendation came in response to a Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food consultation document last year. This also recommended eradication.