23 October 1998
MAFF to look into wild boars

THE Ministry of Agriculture reports there are about 100 wild boars living wild in Kent, East Sussex and Dorset.

It plans to commission more research before deciding whether they pose enough of a health risk to justify destruction.

The National Farmers Union wants the ministry to order a cull of the boars. Its concern is that they mate with domestic pigs, spreading disease.

Boars were hunted to extinction in the 17th century. The current population originated in escapes from commercial farms.