‘Put pressure on boar’

By Forest of Dean and Wye Valley Review in Local People

A FOREST pest control expert is offering to cull wild boar on private land free-of-charge.

He says he has a team of five professional marksmen and trappers who will help landowners who want to get rid of the animals.

The hunter, who does not want to be named, said that by putting ‘pressure’ on the boar would make them retreat into deep woodland.

He said: “ Although we shoot and trap as our main methods we also have many other methods to deal with boar in a non-lethal way so we can move them from built up areas.

“The boar are very intelligent  and learn quickly and if you put pressure on them they will move deeper into the Forest.

“In our experiences we have put pressure on the boar and you don’t see them for a month to six weeks.

“If they come back we apply the same pressure then you won’t see them again – it’s like training the boar to stay in the Forest and away from humans.”

He said they have had many reports of boar problems after carrying out surveys in Lydney, Berry Hill, Cinderford, Drybrook, Littledean and over to Ross-on-Wye.

He said his team of five has tracked and been guides in Hungary and Slovakia and has been asked to go to France to assist there.

“We have to control and train these wild boar before there’s a serious accident or fatality. Our team consists of five qualified marksmen and trappers and we are all insured for £10 million.

“We carry out a full risk assessment before starting any work – we also keep all records of boar we move, shoot or see.

Contact can be made by e-mail only to wild boar.control@hotmail.com.

Gloucestershire Police say that landowners planning to hire someone to kill boar on their land can contact specialist officers on 101 to check the legality of the situation.

It was recently reported that the annual survey of boar on Forestry Commission land indicated there were 1,018 of the animals in the public forest.

That figure does not include any boar on private land.

The Forestry Commission is currently carrying out a cull with a target of 575 animals which it says “well on the way” to being achieved.

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