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Like farmers across Europe, Rolland is suffering the consequences of an explosion in the wild boar population over the past three decades, roaming woodland in search of food.In the Ille-et-Vilaine area of Brittany where Rolland lives, 3,000 boars have been killed this year, but farmers say recreational hunting is failing to keep the numbers in check.The Regional Hunters' Federation offers compensation to farmers whose land is wrecked by boars, but Jean-Baptiste Mainsard, a member of France's Chamber of Agriculture, says it is not enough.The farmers meeting near Saint-Malo have created a petition urging the state to act by setting up a volunteer hunting force that could spring into action when needed.The boars add to a litany of issues causing anger in the countryside, where the struggles are low down the list of priorities for the former investment banker.
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