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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.

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HERE BE BOAR Wild boar have left their foot­prints in the mud just off a pop­u­lar for­est foot­path.

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