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With no natural predators, high levels of reproduction and ideal habitat for food and shelter the current population growth may continue until the population density in the core reaches a level whereby the population starts to self-regulate through limited food resources. It is speculated that this may start to occur when the boar population of the public forest estate in the Dean starts to approach 10,000 animals. As the density of animals in the core of the Forest goes up, the population pressure also pushes the boar out into an ever widening ring of surrounding land.
The 18-stone boar walked off fine after the violent impact, but the car's bumper was destroyed. The huge damage caused by the impact with the animal is worth about £5,000.
Are they feral pigs, or wild boar?
The feral wild boar in the Forest of Dean originate from farm bred wild boar, and as such differ from their truly native cousins in other parts of Europe. The two outcomes of this domestic breeding is that the animals are less nervous of people, and they are more productive. Average litter sizes in the Dean are between 6 and 10 piglets, nearly twice that of their continental cousins. With few natural predators, plenty of food and shelter early survival rates for the piglets is thought to be high. Research evidence also shows that some of the Dean’s wild boar are reaching sexual maturity in their first year. All of these factors contribute to the substantial annual population growth that has been recorded in the Forest in recent years.