Boar Cause Chaos In Coleford

Wild boar have been causing damage in Coleford in Gloucestershire and on a nearby golf course.

Forestry Commission: Controlling boar is "delicate balancing act"

Boar from forestry commission land have been causing damage in Coleford in Gloucestershire. Deputy Surveyor for the Forest of Dean Kevin Stannard is one of those responsible for managing their numbers.

It's a delicate balancing act. Wildlife groups say that boar were once indigenous to the forest and have welcomed their re-introduction. But they breed at a phenomenal rate and can double their population in a year.

Mr Stannard says that they do roam into towns and villages, as this is part of their foraging nature. They are simply looking for food. He says they are currently trying keep their numbers down to 400.

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Boars 'snaffle' turf in Coleford

A family of young boar emerging from the forest and then using their strong snouts to dig up turf. This is a classic way wild boar forage for buried acorns, roots, seeds, worms and grubs. The animals have been causing damage to lawns in Coleford.

Boars damage residents lawns

Boar damage
The boars turn up turf Credit: ITV West

Wild boars have been causing damage in Coleford in Gloucestershire. The animals have been turning up the turf on residents lawns.

Boar damage
There are calls for the boars to be fenced in to the nearby forrest Credit: ITV West