THE ROAMING BOAR
The Forest of Dean boar population is the largest in England. The original population established itself near Ross-on-Wye after escaping from a wild boar farm in the area during the 1990s. In 2004 a group of around 60 farm-reared boar were dumped in an illegal release near the village of Staunton on the western edge of the forest. By 2009 it was clear the two populations had merged and a breeding population was thriving.
They are covered by the Dangerous Act 1976. Official advice is to keep away from them (for example, if a boar is blocking your path, turn back), and to keep dogs well under control in the forest. The boar mostly avoid well-trodden footpaths and tracks, but they can become aggressive, particularly when rearing their young.
You can find best practice advice at www.wild-boar.org.uk
HERE BE BOAR Wild boar have left their footprints in the mud just off a popular forest footpath.