22 October 1998
Wild boars on the loose could cause mayhem

By FWi staff

WILD boar have escaped from farms and are breeding in southern England, the Ministry of Agriculture said.

There are fears the animals could introduce disease to domestic pigs, or cause traffic accidents.

The boar were re-introduced on farms for their meat. They were a native British species until the 17th century.

They are kept under licence. A survey found there were about 100 boar living free in Kent and East Sussex, and 12 to 20 in Dorset.