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Radioactive Boars Roam Through Germany-Long Time Effects of Chernobyl

Posted Mar 16 2011 8:35pm

Sometimes even long after exposure, some things can linger for years, such as the image wild boars in Germany.  It’s been 25 years or more and due to the fact that they eat the vegetation such as mushrooms, etc. they become radio active.  Wild boars have been a delicacy in Germany but now they are all checked for their radio active levels when killed.  There are 70 measuring stations in Bavaria to track and measure.  This is a problem that will continue on for at least another 50 years. 

As the processes go in Japan this is also something else they may dealing with, maybe not boars but wild life and plants after the fact.  Hunters get paid to hunters that harvest contaminated animals and sometimes they can appear aggressive in knocking people over and charging through the streets.  BD 

It sounds like the plot of a B-movie, yet it’s bizarrely true: Radioactive boars are on the loose and thriving in Germany’s forests.

A succession of mild winters has left Germany scrambling to deal with a skyrocketing wild boar population. Tales of swarming beasts rampaging through city streets and attacking citizens occur with alarming regularity. 

The problem has been aggravated by the lingering effects of the Chernobyl disaster from twenty-five years ago; a large portion of the wild animals are contaminated by radioactivity.

Berlin compensated hunters to the tune of over $500,000 in 2009, writes German newspaper Der Spiegel -- quadruple the payment in 2007.

Though the Chernobyl explosion happened a quarter century ago, high levels of radiation remain in the region’s vegetation. And wild boars are especially susceptible because of their proclivity for mushrooms and truffles, which are especially efficient at absorbing radiation.

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