Wild boar tear up pensioner's garden in Coleford
WILD boar who tore through Coleford need to be culled, says pensioner Graham Taswell.
Land outside the 82-year-old's home has been ripped up.
He says it was a herd of boar rampaging through the area and something should be done to keep them in check.
He is backing a controversial cull by the Forestry Commission which started last month and will see 100 of the animals shot by January.
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He said: "They have visited us and completely destroyed the frontage of my property in the night," he said.
"Somebody said they saw about 10 of them there at about 2am on Thursday.
"They have completely dug it all up in great big piles.
"It's got to be seen to be believed."
He discovered the carnage at about 8am on Thursday and said: "I knew straight away it was the boar.
"They are definitely a problem and I have been for the cull from the start as I have seen a lot of mess they have caused."
Campaign group Friends of the Boar have been trying to stop the cull as they say there are only 200 in the area and the killings could threaten their existence in the Forest.
More than 1,400 people signed a petition against it. The commission believes the population could be as high as 650 and last month said it had more than 90 complaints of damage caused by the animals.
It has said it is trying the "strike a balance" and recently agreed to raise the Dean's target population from 90 boar to 400.
Meanwhile, Mr Taswell wants to know who is responsible for repairing the damage caused outside his Gloucester road home.
He said: "I'm 82 and I can't put it back myself.
"If there's heavy rain it will be a right mess and someone could fall over and hurt themselves."