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    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/29/weekinreview/29grist.htmlGrist The Wild Boar Is Multiplying and Less Lovable Published: November 28, 2009 Europe’s wild
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      Grist

      The Wild Boar Is Multiplying and Less Lovable

      Published: November 28, 2009

      Europe’s wild boar population is exploding because of climate change and increased biofuel production from corn and rapeseed — crops boars like to gorge upon, David Crossland reported in Der Spiegel.
      Dieter Nagl/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

      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,” he wrote.
      “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 2008-2009 season.
      A version of this article appeared in print on November 29, 2009, on page WK4 of the New York edition.



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