Diet and condition of wild boar, Sus scrofa scrofa, without supplementary feeding

  • Published source details Bruinderink G., Hazebroek E. & Vandervoot H. (1994) Diet and condition of wild boar, Sus scrofa scrofa, without supplementary feeding. Journal of Zoology, 233, 631-648.


This study is summarised as evidence for the following.

Action Category

Provide supplementary food to increase reproduction/survival

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Terrestrial Mammal Conservation
  1. Provide supplementary food to increase reproduction/survival

    A replicated, site comparison study in 1988–1992 of forest and heathland across nine management areas in the Netherlands (Bruinderink et al. 1994) found that when supplementary feed was provided, wild boar Sus scrofa annual population recruitment rates were higher. No statistical analyses were performed. In seven areas, where boar were fed, annual recruitment (number of piglets >2 months old/ adult female) averaged 2.2–2.5, compared to 0.0–2.5 at a site where supplementary feeding ceased in the year before the study began. At a further site, where supplementary feeding ceased two years into the study, recruitment averaged 2.0–2.4 over those first two years and 1.5–1.7 in the subsequent three years. Recruitment data were obtained from nine boar management areas, based on spring counts at feeding locations.

    (Summarised by: Nick Littlewood)

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