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Tel 07803218453 The na­tional Trust has come un­der fierce crit­i­cism for its de­ci­sion to cull wild boar on its 2,650-acre Stour­head es­tate in wilt­shire.

The es­tate, which boasts a Pal­la­dian man­sion and fa­mous gar­dens with tem­ples, grot­tos and a lake, has re­cently be­come home to a small sounder of wild boar. a state­ment from the be car­ried out by an ex­pe­ri­enced and li­censed marks­man who con­forms to na­tional Trust stan­dards of safety and an­i­mal wel­fare.”

ac­cord­ing to a best prac­tice guide from the Deer Ini­tia­tive:

“The most widely ap­plied method of re­duc­ing num­bers is shoot­ing. If it is done ac­cord­ing to good prac­tice, shoot­ing is a hu­mane

The de­ci­sion to cull the boar has met with wide­spread crit­i­cism. In a let­ter to the Guardian, vet and an­i­mal wel­fare ad­vo­cate al­ick Sim­mons said: “The na­tional Trust’s in­ten­tion to kill the wild boar on one of its wilt­shire prop­er­ties is symp­to­matic of a growing ten­dency to de-risk ev­ery out­door ac­tiv­ity. This, de­spite there be­ing al­most no records of in­juries to peo­ple.”

Shoot­ing en­thu­si­asts were also crit­i­cal of the de­ci­sion, with one Gloucestershire-based shooter com­ment­ing: “I’m not sure what is worse — that they pay a ‘marks­man’ when I’m free or that peo­ple are in­tim­i­dated by na­ture.”

In Jan­uary, a dog-walker in the For­est of Dean lost the tip of his fin­ger af­ter an at­tack by a wild boar. It is be­lieved to be the only in­jury from a wild boar at­tack in the UK for more than 300 years.

Matt Cross

“There is a growing ten­dency to de-risk ev­ery out­door ac­tiv­ity”

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