and increased biofuel production from corn and rapeseed — crops boars
like to gorge upon, David Crossland reported in Der Spiegel.
The boar is dear to German hearts, he said, but the attacks by boars have become commonplace.
“Barely a week goes by in Germany without a news story about a human
encounter with wild boars — joggers getting chased up trees, boars
smashing their way into living rooms and tearing up the furniture, even
whole hordes of the shaggy beasts rampaging through village streets,”
“Last year, two police officers were so scared of a marauding boar that
they leapt onto a low balcony and opened fire on it with their service
revolvers. They missed.”
An estimated 2 million to 2.5 million boars roam the forests, suburbs
and maize fields of Germany. Hunters shot a record 450,000 boars in the