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We used four genetic marker systems to assess the genetic status of a wild boar population in the Forest of Dean, western England. We found high frequencies of alleles of domestic origin at the mitochondrial control region and a nuclear pseudo-gene. Microsatellite-based analyses also suggested that English wild boars had a mixed wild boar/domestic pig ancestry. Therefore, it is debatable whether the wild boar in the Forest of Dean can be regarded as a restored native species.
Does it matter if there is some domestic blood in the UK boar?
It all boils down to personal taste.
...the hallmark of boar attack is the infliction of multiple penetrating injuries to the lower part of the body
originally posted by: crayzeed
Going slightly off topic, What are the re-wilders doing about the badger cull? What a euphonism, cull, read it as extinction. What happens when all the badgers are dead and gone will the re-wilders reintroduce them.
Badgers are a native species in the UK, they are wild animals, so why aren't the re-wilders doing more to stop this slaughter.
Whoops, sorry, you can't eat a badger.
Replace sheep with lynx and boar, TV presenter urges in 'rewilding' bid
Increasingly mild winters and an abundance of acorns and nuts have caused a population explosion among wild boar in Europe.
Though of course it's covered by a story that they just gravitated there.
It seems the first sightings of them living in any numbers in the wild were at Paul and Linda McCartney's estate near Peasmarsh in East Sussex.
The reason the animals were introduced in the first place was pretty clear however. Some hunters fancied the opportunity to hunt the boar in the wild and released the animals illegally. One reported case in Co. Waterford saw a wild boar released into woodland in the Nire Valley, where a female boar was shot but not killed and left to roam injured in the woodland until some walkers found it and took it to the Deise Animal Sanctuary, a local animal shelter. The sad reality in that particular situation was that the animal was clearly a pet and whoever released it and tried to hunt it, did not have the know-how or the wit to do so properly, and is clearly not someone I believe most genuine hunters would care to be associated with.
In Britain, where wild boar were illegally introduced into the Forest of Dean, a genetic study by Frantz et al. (2012) revealed that the boar were hybrids between wild boar and domestic pigs. Due to the strict criterion of what exactly constitutes a native species based on IUCN guidelines, these animals did not qualify as a suitable population for restoration purposes, as they were not of pure wild boar genetic stock.
A similar by Allan McDevitt and co-authors, “Are wild boars roaming Ireland once more”, has just been published in the European Journal of Wildlife Research. McDevitt et al. obtained 15 samples of wild boar that had been shot by hunters and the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Ireland. Using reference samples from across Europe, McDevitt was able to characterise the genetic purity of the wild boar released in Ireland. What they found was rather surprising – the “wild boar” in Ireland were mostly derived from domestic pigs.