The Name "Boar": "Boar" is an Old English word for the animal.
Location: Southern Europe, Asia, and northern Africa.
Habitat: Terrestrial. Scrub and forests, including arid environments.
Description: The wild boar's coat is coarse, bristly, and brownish, and tends to turn gray with age. The young have a series of longitudinal yellowish stripes on a brown background. The upper canines form distinctive tusks, which curve outward and upward, and the lower canines become extremely sharp from rubbing against the uppers. The head is relatively long and pointed compared to other artiodactyles, and is without warts. Wild boars reach about three feet at the shoulders, five feet in total length, and weigh about 200 lbs.
Behavior: This hardy, powerful animal adapts easily to different habitats and to a scarcity of food supplies. It often lives in herds of 20 to 30 individuals, but not much is known concerning the social structure. Older boars, however, tend to be solitary. They are mainly nocturnal and will travel quite far each night searching for food. Basically vegetarian, these animals easily adapts to an omnivorous diet. It can be a very aggressive animal, especially females with young.
Reproduction: Litters may have up to ten or more young.
Note: The wild boar is the ancestor or our domestic pig, and as such they are able to produce fertile young when they interbreed.