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Wild boar chases dog walker
9:00am Thursday 10th January 2013 in News
POLICE began a search after a wild boar charged at a terrified man out walking his dog.
Paul Gardner, 43, who works for MAN Truck and Bus, based at Blagrove, was out with his labrador near the entrance to the field between Sheldon School and Chippenham Football Club on Tuesday at 7.30pm when he saw the tusked beast.
“I heard a rustle in the bushes and this thing was looking at me,” he said.
“It wouldn’t have been more than 20ft away. It started charging towards me and I screamed like a girl.”
Mr Gardner, who lives in Chippenham, said the boar retreated after he shouted.
He said: “It looked like a big brown pig. As it came closer I could see it had tusks. I’d normally be walking my dog with my 11-year-old daughter so I’m just glad she didn’t come with me that night.”
His labrador, George, did not seem unsettled by the experience.
Paul said he was worried about the possibility of children coming across it.
“The kids do cross country through there,” he said.
The scare came after several sightings earlier last week. One was spotted near Alling-ton Farm Shop, near the A350 junction.
Six police officers were out looking for the wild animal until 2am yesterday.
The boar had not been found as of yesterday afternoon and police were warning anyone who may see it to steer clear.
Chippenham Police Sergeant Phil Connor said: “Do not approach it. Wild boars are known to be unpredictable. We are keen to locate it and return it to its rightful owner.”