So I have camped in France, in the Vosges region, in the locality called "Le bonhomme". Where there are many wild boars.

It was in a dense forest, with a freezy weather. (-5°C)

My camp was just a tent planted in the middle of the forest, with nobody around but me.

But I knew there was many wild boars around my tent during the night as I can ear them scratching the ground (even my tent) and grunting.

So my question is:

Is there any reason that a wild boars would charge the tent?

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    "Can" questions are in my opinion not very constructive. I'd wager it is almost impossible to answer this with no. How should you prove that a boar cannot in any case charge a tent (not even talking about its intent :P ). – imsodin Jan 10 '17 at 13:53
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    @imsodin Updated my question, I hope it is more concise this way – Gille Q. Jan 10 '17 at 14:05
  • It sounds to me like they were just curious about this new addition to the landscape. I can understand why you would feel uncomfortable though, especially if they were actually touching your tent. – Erik Jan 10 '17 at 20:39
  • Not everything that grunts is a wild boar. At least the wild boars we have (rural Hesse) are pretty shy wrt. humans - I'd expect less shy populations in urban areas but not in the Vosges. They dig alright, but I'd expect them to avoid a human-smelling tent. I.e., I'd not expect them to dig for food undisturbed in the neighbourhood of a human in a tent if they have a whole forest at hand. – cbeleites supports Monica Jan 10 '17 at 20:55
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    The question seems silly to me. Is there a reason that birds would build a nest in my hair? Is there a reason that mules would kick my car? It also seems duplicative of this question: outdoors.stackexchange.com/questions/14861/… – Ben Crowell Jan 10 '17 at 22:41

I have never heard of wild boars charging a tent. I really don't imagine that happening, assuming there isn't a human visibly standing in the doorway or something.

Wild boars predominantly charge to protect their young. A person walking around near them could be seen as a threat, but not a fixed object like a tent. They don't charge trees and large boulders either.


As a general rule wild boars would not charge a tent. They usually only charge when they feel threatened.

Like many other wild animals, wild boars will only attack if they are cornered or if they feel threatened. Female wild boars are very protective of their young and can easily be provoked. Wild boars are strong animals that can run relatively fast. The canines in adult males can inflict serious injuries in case of an attack. Due to their solid body build wild boars are considered to be particularly dangerous when involved in car accidents. - Wild Boars

That said it would be in your own interest not to pitch a tent to close to a boar's lair, where there may be young being sheltered. Also avoid camping on or near trails that boars are known to travel on. Boars do not listen to rules of thumb, so be prudent.

If you see a pig on the trail keep a safe distance especially if piglets are present. - Wild Pigs are a Growing Threat to Hikers on the Trail


I have slept 4 nights recently (July) in the Czech Republic and Poland with boars nearby. I make it a habit to urinate on the trees around my campsite to let animals, particularly wild dogs, know it is my territory. The first night, a boar came sniffing quite close, about 2 meters away. I shouted. On the third shout, it went away. The next night, I placed a 0.5 meter tall fence of sticks around my site. No boars came close, but I heard at least two galloping at high speed on a trail near my campsite. I didn't realize it was a boar path. Definitely don't camp in the middle of anything that looks like a path. The third night, I built a 1.5 meter tall, heavy fence from branches around my camp. No boars at all that night, but it could have been because a hunter had shot one earlier in the evening about 0.5 kilometers away. The fourth night I was in the outskirts of a city and thought there would be no boars. I was wrong. Paths through high grass are a giveaway. I heard what I thought was a domestic dog barking loudly over and over and another one replying, on two occasions. It was boars. Anyway, they didn't come closer than 75 meters, for which I was grateful. My takeaway from experience and reading is, they're unlikely to charge a tent, they will go away if you yell, but they might accidentally run into you if you set up camp on their trail, and they will make a ton of noise.

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