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|Posted: Thu Nov 16, 2006 6:35 pm Post subject: Here piggy piggy
| BBC NEWS
Fencing damage lets boar escape
Police are investigating possible criminal damage to locks and fencing at a north Devon farm which allowed more than 50 wild boar to escape.
The fencing at the farm in Holsworthy was damaged on Wednesday, resulting in 54 boar being reared at the farm getting loose.
Officers said a number of animals had since been rounded up.
Householders in the area have been warned to be aware and motorists told to take care driving through the area.
Devon and Cornwall Police said: "The animals can be dangerous if provoked and at this time of year their pattern of behaviour may be to follow cars as they are normally fed from the back of a moving vehicle."
Meanwhile, boar thought to have been set free in the area last December have been photographed near Plymouth, more than 50 miles (80km) away.
The boar are thought to have been from a sounder set free by animal activists from an Exmoor farm in December 2005.
Four animals were photographed by a rambler walking on Dartmoor at Roborough Down. They are thought to be some of 35 which have been on the run since being released.
There have been several sightings of the animals around the county.
Animal rights activists released more than 100 boar and 45 recaptured boar in February.
The unnamed activists sent a statement to the Animal Liberation Front confirming they carried out the attack.
Since their release, the boar still at large have become an attraction in the areas they have been spotted.
They have been seen across the county, including around the South Molton area in north Devon and near the village of Horrabridge, near Tavistock in west Devon.
Police said they were aware of possible links and of similar damage to the two farms, but added that the offences were not being directly connected at this time.
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Published: 2006/11/16 13:07:50 GMT
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