21 wild boar on the loose in Wales

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Police are on the hunt for 21 boars on the loose in Wales after they were freed during a burglary at a farm.

It is feared the animals could pose a threat to public safety after they were released from their pen.

Wild boars are covered under the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 and a licence is required to farm them.

They have been known to charge at hikers and their dogs in the past.

Police in Maesteg, South Wales, told The Sun: "The boars can travel up to 30 miles a day looking for food and could potentially attack other livestock.

"Members of the public who may locate one of these boars are asked not to approach them and to contact us as a priority."

According to Wales Online, the burglary occurred at around 12.30pm on Sunday.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Boars can travel up to 30 miles a day looking for food, and could also potentially attack livestock.

They are the wild ancestor of the domestic pig and are native across much of Northern and Central Europe, the Mediterranean region (including North Africa's Atlas Mountains) and much of Asia, including Japan and as far south as Indonesia.

In England, a 500-strong population has been established after escapes of wild boar from captivity.

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