Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa)

Wild Boar (Sus Scrofa), originally uploaded by Ben909.

Between their medieval extinction and the 1980s, when wild boar farming began, only a handful of captive wild boar, imported from the continent, were present in Britain. The Herefordshire/Gloucestershire population, which is based in the Forest of Dean, originates from one escape of boar of Eastern European origin in 1997 from a farm near Weston under Penyard and another apparently deliberate release near Staunton in 2004 and together now form probably the largest single population in the UK with a total population well in excess of 200 with groups of over 30 having been seen and photographed in several different locations in the forest. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wild_boar

Finally it's starting to feel like all the persistence, mud, midges, heat, cold, etc is paying off :)

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