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.
Occasional escapes of wild boar from wildlife parks have occurred as early as the
1970s, but since the early 1990s significant wild-boar populations have re-established
themselves after escapes from farms; the numbers of wild boar have increased significantly
over recent years.
FOREST OF DEAN WILD BOAR CULL SUSPENDED
The forestry commission has confirmed that a wild-boar cull in the Forest of Dean
has been suspended until September 2012
Estimates suggest there are 350 wild-boar living in the Forest of Dean alone.