Given that it is illegal to intentionally release wild boar into the wild, how come those people keeping wild boar under licence have not been required to recapture escaped animals?

Neither the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 nor the Dangerous Wild Animals Act 1976 (Modification) Order 1984 makes any provision to require a licensee to take any action to recover escaped animals.

Under Section 6 of the Act, Local Authorities have the power to seize any animal(s) and retain or destroy them, if any animal is being kept contrary to the Act or any condition of the license under which it is being held. It has not been tested yet whether these powers could potentially be used to recapture escaped animals at the licensee’s expense.

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