A former councillor in the Forest of Dean said it is "inevitable" someone will soon be shot…Blimey! Are they getting serious about litter dropping..?
… as wild boar poaching is so rife.Ah. Personally, I prefer them roast...
Alistair Fraser, a former district councillor, keeps four orphaned boar at his home Smallbrook Farm, near Woolaston, and is a staunch supporter of the breed.Me too! They're delicious!
He said: "These poachers are bloodthirsty and they will shoot anything that moves.
It's hard to know what's what at night.
"It is inevitable that sooner or later someone will get shot."
He said: "It is now a police matter.Wow! The usually-cautious authorities must be sweating, then.
"There are some nasty people out there, and they need to be stopped. I've seen people with guns, and the bullets they use go a long way.
"I would urge anyone thinking of walking in the woods late at night to be careful."
But wait. It seems that they aren't:Who is right? Time will tell...
Kevin Stannard, deputy surveyor of the Forestry Commission, said work is ongoing to control the numbers, but poaching must be stopped.
But he refuted the claim that people's safety is at risk.
He said: "I certainly would not agree that it is 'inevitable' someone will be shot – despite the seriousness of the issue, I am confident that the true risk to the public is negligible.
"We do liaise with the police over this matter, and we are confident that the police take the subject very seriously."