Tuesday, 30 December 2008

Wild Boar Rooting

One of the most obvious signs left by Wild Boar Sus scrofa is a patch of disturbed, rutted ground. This feeding method is called rooting and is quite simply the act of digging for food (tubers, truffles, worms etc) with the snout and tusks. Sometimes the ground is turned up as if done with a spade or a rough plough. Rooting sites are found in both open country and in forests and can be the work of one boar or several. They can cover a small patch of ground or be extensive. In a given area there are usually several rooted patches. This photo was taken in Slovakia in November 2008.

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