Wild boar (Sus scrofa; Ukrainian: dykyi kaban). Mammal of the Suidae (swine) family, up to 2 m long, 1 m high, and 180 kg in weight. The wild boar lives in forests and thickets. Formerly it was common throughout Ukraine, but today it can be found only west and north of the line from the mouth of the Dnister River to Mohyliv-Podilskyi, Vinnytsia, Kyiv, and Chernihiv and in the foothills and mountains of Caucasia. The wild boar is destructive of gardens and seeded fields.

[This article originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Ukraine, vol. 5 (1993).]

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