In a Press Release on 21 st October 1998, the Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food stated:
12. Wild boar are a former native species of the British Isles up to the 17 th century. The possibility of re-introduction, particularly into woodland in Scotland, has been considered. The species could be either regarded as a native species with a biodiversity value or conversely as an invasive pest.
Pumbaa the boar's six-month adventure ended in tragedy yesterday.
His streak of good luck ran out when police marksmen shot him dead close to his home.
Pumbaa, named after the boar character in Disney's Lion King, sparked a huge hunt after digging his way out of his pen.
But the search ended when a farmer called in police after he spotted him worrying ponies in a field.
Last night the 14-stone boar's owner Grant Bell said he was devastated.
And his son, Cameron, three, was comforting nine orphaned baby sows at Hedderwick Hill Farm, near Dunbar, East Lothian.
But the farmer pledged to honour his memory - by getting him stuffed.
He said: "I have spoken to a taxidermist. To me and my children he was a great animal and even through he is dead we plan to keep him with us.
"He has become a legend so I want to preserve more than just his memory."
© 15 th November 1996
Wild animals have already proved they can survive in ScotlandŐs habitat. Pumba the boar coped for six months on the run in the countryside after escaping from Hedderwick Hill Farm, near Dunbar. He was eventually shot by a police marksman.