Wild boar is the wild ancestor of the domestic pig, an animal with which it freely hybridises. They are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean region (including North Africa’s Atlas Mountains) & much of Asia, including Japan & as far south as Indonesia.Populations have also been artificially introduced in some parts of the world, most notably the Americas and Australasia, where they are regarded as both an important food resource and an environmental threat.
Wild Boar can be hunted and farmed. Sows breed only once a year, producing a litter in the spring, averaging six young. Being very hardy, they live their entire lives outside, and are well suited to woodland habitats. The animals grow slowly, taking from 12 to 18 months to mature, when they become the size of a pork pig. Wild Boar is dark in colour and is known for its strong taste, described as a cross between venison and beef
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