Wild boars spark fears
Despite dying out more than 5,000 years ago, wild boar have re-emerged in counties Kilkenny, Roscommon, Tipperary, Wexford and Wicklow.
The release of boar into the wild on both sides of the Border is illegal but populations have grown to the extent that it has now been listed as one of Ireland's most unwanted invasive species by the Cross-boarder Invasive Species project.
The group has warned that if wild boar were to become established it could threaten agricultural production. Wild boar can be vectors of diseases such as swine fever, foot and mouth disease, Aujeszky's disease and rabies.
In addition, boar will also damage crops, fencing and protected sites and habitats, along with posing a danger to the public through collisions with vehicles or by charging at an unsuspecting member of the public, according to the invasive species steering group.
If any wild boar escape, the keeper should report it as soon as possible and work to recover all animals.
Invasive Species Ireland is also asking members of the public who spot a boar to contact the organisation through www.invasivespeciesireland.com