Wild boar have impressive thick coats with bristly outer guard hairs in colours of grayish black to golden brown and sometimes with the sprinkling of silver tipped hairs. They grow a thick woolly undercoat in order to survive the cold winter months.
Both male and female wild boar grow ivory tusks although the males tusks grow bigger and faster than the females. The upper tusks called honors sharpen the bottom tusks appropriately called rippers ready for battle.
German wild boar
grow to a maximum of about 250 lb. They spend most of their time foraging,
rooting for food and fighting. Wild boar live in groups with a hierarchy
system. There are often battles when a young wild boar challenges the rank
of his or her superior. Older male wild boar usually live in solitary
except during breeding season when they seek out a herd of female wild boar. A
mature male develops an extra plate of hard cartilage over the shoulder area as
protection against a challengers tusks. This shield can actually stop a
A nocturnal animal in summer, wild boar are omnivorous, swift, and very good swimmers. They live in dense thickets - a cautious lifestyle since they are generally a prey animal. Their vision is poor but can smell a human 1/4 mile away. A warning sound to others is their growling or snorting. When alarmed or angry their fur stands up on their shoulders and rump, they swing their tails, paw the ground and snort.
Wild boar are an excellent beast to hunt because of their strength, speed,
intelligence, and ferocious fighting. When hunted, wild boar are
unpredictable. Some keep the distance, some hide in the thick brush, while
others outright charge the hunter!
Wild boar meat is lean, dark red, and low in cholesterol. A true delicacy even to the most demanding connoisseur!
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