posted on Sep, 25 2015 @ 02:46 AM
a reply to: Talorc
No one is admitting to a deliberate stocking policy. Yet the growth of the population cannot be accidental given that we have endless experienced
advice from Texas, Italy, Sweden and many other places. The creatures are being romanticised as 'Wild Boar' returned to their natural habitat after
hundreds of years. They're pigs. They've lived next to us for countless thousands of years. They aren't some untouchable artwork that must be adored
and given religious respect as if we are something separate from the environment.
Piecing this story together is very difficult, there are so many secretive elements, outright lies, plus the intimidation of elderly countryfolk, all
suggesting there's a lot more going on here than animal welfare issues. As with other events in the British countryside this situation is being used
mainly to cause discord between people.
The different elements all have their potential gain. Restaurants, pubs, meat suppliers, hunters, poachers and the wildlife tourist industry all have
a strong financial interest in an actively breeding and dispersing population.
Video evidence of pigs being released would be a bombshell. I very strongly suspect it's happening and I'd love to prove it, but it's a big forest and
getting video evidence is most likely a hopeless task.
I read recently how to be accepted by the pigs, the method is simple but time consuming. They aren't terribly shy unless they've been hunted heavily.
They know how tough they are and don't show the same timidity as deer. Following the pigs around on a daily or almost daily basis results in the young
pigs getting used to you. When they grow up you can get close to their piglets. These piglets grow up with you as a familiar presence and allow you to
get very close without feeling threatened. It must be possible to forage for food in their diggings and sleep in a huddle with them. I expect this has
happened throughout history and domestication may have been more of a co-operative long term arrangement than is generally assumed.
Living with the pigs is probably the only way to build up an accurate picture of the situation. With that sort of experience you'd soon be able to
recognise newly released pigs fresh to the forest.