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.
A new campaign group in the Forest of Dean is vowing to disrupt the cull of hundreds of wild boar this autumn. Their numbers have soared since they first appeared seven years ago, when a small number were introduced illegally. Saboteurs plan to use tactics adopted during the badger cull.
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.
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.
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.