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originally posted by: Kester
They're feral pigs and they weigh up to 300kgs. If you walk into a group of males in the dark they explode off in all directions. If you're in the way you'll be knocked flying. Apart from that they pose little danger to pedestrians.
I called it a bunch of names in a gruff voice and backed the heck off. I did not get that hog that night. But he didn't get me either!
originally posted by: TheRedneck
a reply to: seagull
A deer defending itself, especially a buck, will gore the bejeezus out of a person with those antlers... that's what they're there for. Even a doe will rear back and let me tell you... those hooves are SHARP. Just because they tend to run from humans doesn't mean they always will. A quick search of YouTube will likely turn up plenty of videos of people getting their butts handed to them by a whitetail.
That's a prey animal. Predators are orders of magnitude more dangerous. Their instinct is to kill, not to run.
Then you get the really big critters. Bears don't care. They're used to being the biggest, baddest thing in the woods and they're not going to peaceably leave that apex perch. Hogs are used to just taking what they want, and if they want you... they plan on getting you. Both of those are omnivores, meaning they're just as comfortable with gnawing on a root as they are gnawing on your innards.
One thing I have learned is that, as attuned as I am to this mountain, I am still the late-comer, the invader. The other critters that live here have that advantage. I'm fond of declaring that here, I'm top of the food chain and nothing is gonna change that... but I stay on top because I respect what critters can do. I return, they seem to respect what I can do, and we get along fine. It's when that Disneyfication takes hold that people get themselves hurt, and like in the case of the bears you mention, take the critters down with them.
The OP does not respect the boars. Yet.
Have you ever seen the video of the hunter pointing the rifle at the deer (about 150lbs - no rack) about 3-5ft away and the guy freezes - then the deer stands up on hind legs and basically clobbers the guy with their front feet?
Hey Redneck, look at my post a few above and go to the link I posted about the pig/boar jumping over the 5-6ft fence.
originally posted by: bigfatfurrytexan
a reply to: TheRedneck
I have sveral dozen deer in my yard at all times. The bucks fight during rut otherwise the doe run the show.
To drive out of my driveway involves me shooing a bunch out of the way first. There are hundreds living in this forest. Everywhere you turn you see several deer.
'Ferocious' boars who roam the Forest of Dean transformed into lovable piggies who will eat out of tourists' hands
IS this bleeding stump of a forefinger the first evidence that Forest of Dean wild boar have turned man-eater?
Suddenly from a long way away,a large boar came out and made it obvious he was going to attack.
. . .
I have been photographing wild boar here for years (www.mkwphotographics.co.uk) and in the years of photographing these creatures I have never encountered this behaviour before . . .
It has completely changed my mind now about these creatures and I will take every care to avoid them in future, but living totally surrounded by forest in the Forest of Dean doesn't help! It has been reported to the Forestry Commission but unfortunately no amount of available wild boar literature now seems to be able to pacify my naturally concerned rural neighbours, who, all have young children and disabled family members ... what a dilema! Hope this might be of some statistical use. After Wednesday I rather think it is only a matter of time before someone is seriously hurt, whereas before, I thought all these 'Boar chases me' stories were just hyped up!"
They will even set up ambushes and traps if they feel threatened, and in packs they use herding to put large prey at a disadvantage.
. . . the moron who was "living with the bears", until they ate him. I can't remember how many bears ended up being destroyed because of that idiot...can't recall his name . . .
Timothy Treadwell Devoted His Life To Grizzly Bears — Until They Ate Him
A number of celebrities have come out in support of plans to bring bears back to South Gloucestershire.