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SCIENTISTS are struggling to find the cause behind the death of 90 sangliers, or wild boar, in the Ardèche region of south eastern France.

The large number of deaths has occurred since mid-July, and while a virus has been ruled out, more than 40 different possible poisons have also been tested for, with no cause being found.

The deaths of the sangliers have been observed with the animals displaying seemingly nervous, agitated actions before dying, and the local préfet has banned the consumption or sale of boar meat.

However, local hunters have been reluctant to target the animals until a reason for the high number of deaths is found, which has seen scientists from France and other countries undertaking work to find a cause.

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