Don’t order the German boar.

June 14, 2011 at 11:48 pm 4 comments

“It’s no secret that Germany has a wild boar problem. Stories of marauding pigs hit the headlines with startling regularity: Ten days ago, a wild boar attacked a wheelchair-bound man in a park in Berlin; in early July, a pack of almost two dozen of the animals repeatedly marched into the eastern German town of Eisenach, frightening residents and keeping police busy; and on Friday morning, a German highway was closed for hours after 10 wild boar broke through a fence and waltzed onto the road.

Even worse, though, almost a quarter century after the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown in Ukraine, a good chunk of Germany’s wild boar population remains slightly radioactive — and the phenomenon has been costing the German government an increasing amount of money in recent years.

… Wild boar are particularly susceptible to radioactive contamination due to their predilection for chomping on mushrooms and truffles, which are particularly efficient at absorbing radioactivity. Indeed, whereas radioactivity in some vegetation is expected to continue declining, the contamination of some types of mushrooms and truffles will likely remain the same, and may even rise slightly — even a quarter century after the Chernobyl accident.”

“In the regions where it is particularly problematic, all boar that are shot are checked for radiation,” reports Andreas Leppmann, from the German Hunting Federation. There are 70 measuring stations in Bavaria alone.

… According to Joachim Reddemann, an expert on radioactivity in wild boar with the Bavarian Hunting Federation*, a pilot program in Bavaria that started a year and a half ago has managed to significantly reduce the number of contaminated animals.”

* Is that a growing field?  Much competition there?

Source, 7/30/2010:,1518,709345,00.html


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4 Comments Add your own

  • 1. nikotev01  |  June 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm

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  • 2. Dana  |  June 15, 2011 at 1:53 am

    Seriously you had to give me one more thing to worry about over here 😉 First the sprouts, now this!!!

  • 3. jessieisskoopy  |  June 16, 2011 at 7:55 pm

    I feel a superhero series in the making, “girl is out picking mushrooms one day and gets bitten by a radioactive boar. Now she’s Boar Girl!”

  • 4. DSL.  |  June 16, 2011 at 9:37 pm

    You know what they say about what not to say when around Germans post-1945: Don’t mention the Boar. Especially Boiled Boar Two, which, as we recall, was almost killed in Slaughterhouse Five, before being liberated once Europe was Three, as First reported on Radio Three Europe.


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