Another tusker establishing dominance – updated
Securing access to receptive females is foremost on the mind of male boar. They roam between the home ranges of sounders looking for some action. Quite often that means dominance fights.
Here is a video of a very big boar that is doing just that. Enter the domain of a sounder and expel any potential competitors from its range. Intimidation and display of strength does the trick in most situations. Nevertheless, there are always a few instanced where only a physical fight will solve the problem.
Before playing the YouTube video, first have a look at the size of this wild boar. And, mind you, he is not a feral pig but a true Eurasian wild boar. Well, wild in a sense because you can see the fence of his enclosure in the background.
Nevertheless, the etiquette and rules of the sounder and its female members still all apply. Young boar will get expelled either by the dominant visiting male or by the sows themselves.
Let’s see how this works.
Looks kind of harmless in the video, doesn’t it? This time dominance was sorted out by body language. It did not take a fight.
Now look at the following video of two French boar (sangliers) and how they deal with the dominance issue. Again, much of the conflict is solved based on their respective body language. However, these two guys do engage once in a while in physical conflict.
But you do not want to encounter either one of the two boar when they are injured, shot and wounded by a hunter, surprised or otherwise bothered. And you definitely have to avoid stupid stuff like you can see on some of the YouTube videos when a foolish guy grabs the boar by his ears to show off to his friends. Mended pants are the result if not worse.
Just google the California Hunting Post for injuries to hunters or something like that and you will find illustrated articles showing images of serious injuries inflicted by boar on the foolish. I do not want to reprint the articles here because Google gets all upset when we publish some real images for educational purposes.
The above video has some impressive examples of how body language and size sometimes avoid physical fights. That’s a good illustration for the standard advice to make yourself as big and scare as possible when faced with an angry boar.
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