An action plan to prevent wild boar threatening the agriculture, environment and economy of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland has been published.

The animal has been identified as one of Ireland?s most unwanted invasive species by the North/South government-led Invasive Species Ireland project, and the new plan warns of a threat to ?agricultural productivity? if a population were to become established.

John Kelly from Invasive Species Ireland said: ?The focus of the action plan is primarily on prevention and responding to any threats that arise. If we can prevent wild boar from becoming established in Ireland, we can prevent the economic and environmental harm that a wild population could cause.?

In recent years, wild boar have been found in the counties of Kilkenny, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow, and Invasive Species Ireland says the document will help co-ordinate both governments? responses to the threat posed by the illegal release of the animal.

According to the document, wild boar could cause damage to crops, fencing and farmlands; negatively affect protected sites and habitats; and cause injuries to people through charging or collisions with vehicles.

The rest of this article appears in the 30th November issue of Shooting Times.

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