What Exactly is a Boar?

The wild boar is a male animal of the pig family, or swine. It is only two feet high and four feet long, but it is strong enough to kill a tiger or a bear. The boar has a woolly body covered with bristles, which are short, stiff hairs. The boar has several tusks in its mouth, and they are almost as sharp as razor blades. These dangerous little animals used to live and be hunted in England until they were all killed, about five hundred years ago.

Today you can still find wild boars in the forests of central Europe and in certain parts of Russia, India, and the United States. The wild boars that now live in America were brought to North Carolina about fifty years ago by an English sportsman. He wanted to raise them so he could hunt them on his estate. Some of them escaped. Now they wander over a large area of dense forest in the southern part of the Great Smoky Mountains. People who live in the hills of Tennessee and North Carolina often see them.

Hunting the wild boar has been a favorite sport of man for many thousands of years. In India, the boar is hunted with spears and the sport is known as “pig-sticking.” Most often the boar is hunted on horseback, with rifles and a pack of specially trained brave dogs. The dogs are no match for an angry boar, but the dogs can chase and tire the boar out until the hunters arrive. A wild boar is so strong and courageous that it will not cry out no matter how badly it is wounded. Even when it is shot through the heart and is dying, it will stay on its feet and kill anyone who comes near.