A Wild Boar footprint spotted in the snow near Skwierzyna in Lubuskie, Poland.
Although, Wild Boar are considered a pest by many Poles they play an important role in forest ecosystems and the wider countryside in Poland. In search of food scrape Boar away the top layers of the soil, ripping it and mixing with litter. Wild Boar feed on carrion, rodents and insect larvae and pupae, including many forest pests, thus helping to restore the ecological balance between the world of insects and trees. They eat diseased mammals and birds, thereby reducing the transmission of diseases. However, Boar cause a lot of damage to agricultural crops, especially root crops (potato, beetroot, turnips and carrots), cereal and beans. As can be seen in these two pictures they can also be found in urban areas often eating rubbish left by residents, upsetting bins, damaging gardens, and causing much mayhem. The number of Wild Boar in Poland are kept to manageable levels by licensed hunters who shoot them for meat. All the same, there are still believed to be in excess of 300,000 Wild Boar living in Poland.
Due to the risk of contracting Trichinosis, a severe parasitic disease, wild boar meat has to be subjected to veterinary examination prior to consumption.
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A photograph of a Wild Boar footprint in the snow.
See also our page on the Dzik (Wild Boar) military vehicle.
Details of the wild boar safaris we run in the west of Poland!