Rewilding - a phenomenon It seems it has become a strive to regain some locally ( = Britain) extinct species. Stork, sea eagle. Beaver, Boar. Maybe wolf. Worldwide, there are many ongoing projects. Some very successful. Some not. Some plain crazy. I recently read that in Britain there will be attempts to bring back the wild boar, and maybe the wolf and brown bear. My first thought was- WTF? Do not the people wishing to bring those species read and study what will happen when these animals get established in human population dense areas? Not giving a thought on WHY these animals were driven to extinction? Sweden established a wold population some decades ago, against the wish of farmers and the Reindeer owning Saames. The result is a quick spread of wolves, from the northern lands south, now they are even south of Stockholm. So far no human deaths, but pets dogs (mainly) cats and of course sheep, goats and reindeer. One positive effect is that they have reached the areas where wild boar are. Wild boar. Yes, the most destructive wild animal. A herd can devastate a potato or root veg crop field in a night or two. Gardens turn into a wasteland. Accidentally introduced in the south of Sweden decades ago, now they are in the southern half. The Wild boar is so destructive that the state took the decision to create an ‘open season’ on them, which means that if you have a Hunters License, you can bag them year round. The hunting has not made a huge dent in their population though. In the areas where the fallout after the Chernobyl disaster landed, the meat can be so heavily polluted that you are risking your health, which means not many are shot there. Alive, they are dangerous too. As the Swedes are huge nature lovers, encounters can turn nasty. My own sister had a close encounter with one a week ago ( hence this post, in fact!). Personally I love seeing and watching wild animals, but....... What do you think?