Acorns and beechnuts form the main part of the boar meal in winter, but according to the Veluwe Wild Management Association, the number of forest fruits has not been this low since 2012.

Oak and beech normally produce about 4.7 million kilos of forest fruits every year. It is estimated that the yield this year will be at most 1.6 kilos. The cold spring and wet summer are the main causes of this.

Hunt

According to experts, this is not bad for the state of the wild boars. For years there have been too many boars in the Veluwe, partly because there was an abundance of food for years.

The intention is to remove 9,000 animals this hunting season to limit the damage that the boars cause to nature. Now that there is hardly any food in the coming winter, many animals will starve to death. “From an ecological point of view, that is a good development and also just part of nature,” says Gerrit-Jan Spek of the Veluwe Wild Management Association.

Prey

It is the first time that the boars have to deal with food shortages, while wolves also roam the Veluwe. The skinny boars can therefore be an easy prey for the wolves, but it could also be that the wolves are not interested in the skinny boars and prefer to hunt for red deer.

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