POLL: Should the entire wild boar population of Poland be culled?

Conservationists have branded plans by the Polish government to cull almost the entire wild boar population of the country as “pointless, counterproductive and evil”. In a move to tackle an epidemic of African swine fever, the Polish government has ordered a series of hunts, beginning this weekend, with the aim of killing the vast majority […]

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The long journey to saving the Sumatran rhino, via Borneo (commentary)

In 1982, an orangutan researcher working in Indonesian Borneo wrote to a colleague at the biology department at the National University in Jakarta. He told of meeting a traditional-medicine trader at the market in Pangkalan Bun, a city in Central Kalimantan province. “A whole Sumatran rhino head is immersed in coconut oil in a basin,” […]

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POLL: Should the National Trust be allowed to slaughter wild boar on its estates?

The National Trust has been criticised for planning to cull wild boar at its Stourhead estate in Wiltshire. It said it had taken the “difficult decision” to remove the animals from its land following reports that members of the public were feeling intimidated by the prospect of coming face-to-face with a wild boar. The charity […]

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On the trail of wolves in Belarus

Dawn in the Naliboki forest: mist over the marshes and bats skittering in birch trees. Above the clearing, stars are fading into a pale sky. We’re in deepest God-knows-where in one of Europe’s largest wild forests. Zoologist Vadim Sidorovich crouches in the half-light studying the track; I’m barely breathing, so intense is the silence. A […]

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Ghost towns of Chernobyl becoming wonderland for wolves

Not only are gray wolves thriving in the exclusion zone, they are starting to wander out into the rest of the world as well. After the 1986 fire and explosion at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant released 400 times more radioactive fallout than the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, most everyone left the area. Authorities […]

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Hunter dies in Germany after wild boar he was trying to shoot attacked him

Police in Germany say a hunter has died after being attacked by a wild boar he was trying to shoot. The 50-year-old man was on a boar hunt with a dozen others near the north-eastern town of Greifswald on Sunday when he was attacked by the male boar. Witnesses reported that he fired off a […]

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POLL: Should wild boar be culled in order to control the population?

Drew Pratten admits it can be a little unnerving to suddenly come upon a wild boar in the forest. “They are very big. When they growl at you it’s primal. You get the sort of feeling deep in your stomach that you get when you hear a lion roar. But these animals don’t want to […]

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Radioactive Boar Wreak Havoc on Swedish Landscape

Thirty-one years ago, a plume of radiation spread across Europe with the Chernobyl meltdown, the most infamous nuclear disaster in history. Today, we think of Chernobyl as a historic event,as well as an instructive lesson in nuclear safety — and one that changed the face of nuclear power forever. But it turns out we’re living […]

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