For many years, Lars Hillström has studied wild boars. He has watched them cross the Dalälven River, and now he wants to provide a partly new image of the controversial animal.
While many may see them as nothing but pests, he regards them as an important part of the ecosystem. First, they potentially serve as a physical barrier that prevents predators such as badgers and foxes from reaching the birds’ breeding areas. Additionally, their rooting creates favourable conditions for fungi and rare plants.
Wild boars move through forests and natural areas and, in this way, spread seeds from plants they have eaten to new areas. Thereby, they contribute to a greater variety of plant species. Moreover, when they dig up the soil, small ponds or mud puddles are formed, which become water sources for other animal species as well as habitats for many insects.