Hunters kill 700,000 boar as numbers soar

Boar are now seen in towns

Climate change and hunters feeding wild boar have been blamed for a population explosion that is forcing authorities to take drastic action as there are thought to be two million boar across France.

Culls have been ordered in many parts of the country and hunters have been called out as wide afield as Brittany, Moselle,  Lot-et-Garonne, Dordogne, and across Provence.

In one Vaucluse village,  Beaumont-du-Ventoux (pop. 292), hunters have killed more than 220 boar in nearby fields.

Elsewhere in the department, figures show that two years ago, hunters killed 7,719 animals – and a préfecture spokesman said the figure for ...

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