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Campaigners plan to sabotage Gloucestershire boar cull

ITV News can reveal plans by wildlife activists to sabotage this year's wild boar cull in the Forest of Dean. They've started a group aimed to disrupt it - and say they'll use techniques learned during the badger cull.

In the second of two reports, our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin meets the people trying to prevent boar being shot, and those planning for the cull.

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Campaigners call for cull to be halted.

Hundreds of wild boar roaming the Forest of Dean are to be culled in the autumn. Their numbers have soared since they first appeared seven years ago when a small number were introduced illegally.

A new campaign group is calling for the cull to be halted.

But the boar have become so abundant that they're causing widespread damage.

In the first of a two part report, our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin hears from those who say they need to be controlled:-

Boar culling to take place in the autumn

Hundreds of wild boar roaming the Forest of Dean are to be culled in the autumn.

Although a campaign group doesn't want the cull to go ahead their numbers have soared since a small number were introduced illegally in 2007.

But the boar have become so abundant that they're causing widespread damage.

Wild boar in the Forest of Dene are to be culled because of an increase in numbers. Credit: ITV News

Protest over Forest of Dean boar cull

The Forestry Commission wants to cull 100 animals Credit: ITV West

People opposed to a cull of wild boar in the Forest of Dean are due to stage a protest this lunchtime. The Forestry Commission wants to shoot around 100 of the animals which have been blamed for causing widespread damage.

A group called Friends of the Boar plans to demonstrate outside Commission offices in Coleford.

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Wild boar cause damage to gardens in the Forest of Dean

Damage caused by wild boar in Gloucestershire has led to calls for more to be done about controlling the animals. It's estimated there are between 400 - 500 of them roaming free in the Forest of Dean.

But some have been wandering into towns and causing damage. They've even wrecked part of a golf course.

Our Gloucestershire correspondent Ken Goodwin reports:

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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