In the footsteps of a political animal: the boar!

Certainly, the boar poses problems: road collisions, agricultural damage, urban raids, virus transmission…

But do we know that from the 50s to the 80s, it was rare in this country? !

Agricultural chemicals had killed pheasants, partridges, rabbits. The hedges were systematically uprooted, we no longer killed much in the countryside; and hunters pushed wild boar breeding.

Today, our swine ungulate is in great shape, too!

Wild boar carved in Ardèche
Wild boar carved in Ardèche

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– Denis Cheissoux

Raphael Mathevetecologist and geographer at the CNRS, Jean-Francois Noblet follow, concerning living this beast and its relationship with humans.

What does the boar think of us?

The black beast has been “hunted”: with one hand, we feed it and select it, with the other, we get rid of it.

800,000 wild boars killed per year, highly adaptable, mobile; they resist domination and thwart our actions.

Boar, I love you, me neither!

Wild boar fountain in Dun les Places (Nièvre)
Wild boar fountain in Dun les Places (Nièvre)

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– Denis Cheissoux

To go longer

Bibliography of Jean-François Noblet

“Boars – Geographies of a Political Animal”by Raphaël Mathevet (Actes Sud)

“Saving the earthworm, one of the first markers of biodiversity”by Christophe Gatineau and Sylvie Corré (Le Jardin Vivant editions)

Musical programming

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  • green with anger – Pierre Perret

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