UKWBT launches “DO NOT Feed the Wild Boar” Campaign
With summer fast approaching there will be a growing number of people walking, exploring and enjoying picnics in and around the forests and the woodlands of the UK. Some may be visiting in the hope of spotting a wild boar, while others may encounter them unexpectedly; the UK Wild Boar Trust would like to take this opportunity to appeal to all those enjoying the forests and the woodlands of the UK, please “DO NOT Feed the Wild Boar”.
It is important to remember that the wild boar, both adults and piglets, are native wild animals to the UK, and inhabit the areas which are frequented by visitors; they are not domesticated pets. Wild boar will forage for their natural food in and around the forest and do not need to be fed.
Under normal circumstances the wild boar are extremely cautious of human visitors to the area and tend to be secretive, but encouraging them with food can cause them to become desensitised to the presence of people and they begin to lose their natural fear instinct. If this happens, it will only have a negative impact on the wild boar, as they actively seek out people, in the hope of sharing their picnic.
If they no longer fear people the wild boar will become a much easier target for illegal poaching. They are also more likely to visit the local towns and villages, where they are not always welcome and their natural behaviours can be viewed as a nuisance. They are more at risk of wandering onto roads, where they can be the cause of road accidents. If you encounter wild boar, of course observe them and admire them, but please “DO NOT feed the wild boar”. By leaving them alone and allowing them to remain the cautious, secretive wild animals they are, you will be helping to secure their safety and their future in the forests and woodlands of the UK.
UKWBT patron, and BBC Springwatch star, Iolo Williams backs the campaign. Iolo says “Wild boar are wild animals and should be treated as such. Feeding these animals will lead to their becoming habituated to humans and this, in turn, will make them an easy target for poachers. It could also lead wild boar into residential areas where they can become a nuisance. Please do not feed these wonderful animals and show them the respect they deserve.”
Finally, we hope you cherish every wild boar encounter, but please “DO NOT Feed the Wild Boar”!
Thank you, UK Wild Boar Trust