There is plenty of game of all sizes – deer, hares and pheasants – for the most recent hunting season in about 40 départementssouth of the Loire in France. But once again, for sheer numbers, nothing can compete with the wild boar. Despite a nationwide drive to check their numbers, launched last year by the environment minister, Jean-Louis Borloo, and despite a tenfold increase in the number being shot by hunters over the last 30 years (more than 560,000 were slaughtered in 2009), the boar population is still rising steadily.
The solution to the problem?
In three words: Obelix the Gaul