8 January 2001
Safety fears as wild boar shot

By FWi staff

CONCERNS are growing over the threat posed to people and livestock by wild boar roaming the British countryside, reports The Daily Telegraph.

A wild boar weighing 250lbs with three-inch tusks was shot dead at Flimwell on the Kent-Sussex border on Sunday (07 January).

As reports of sightings and attacks grow, the Ministry of Agriculture has begun studying problems based by the animals.

Some 300 animals, believed to have escaped from farms licensed to keep them, live mainly in Kent, Sussex and Dorset.

A year ago nine ewes were killed by a wild boar at Broad Oak, East Sussex.