Monday, September 06, 2010

Rampaging wild boar draw pleas for military response - 'Nuff said.

Rampaging wild boar draw pleas for military response
By Tony Paterson in Berlin

Wild boars foraging in fields near Munich. Their population has risen dramatically in recent years

AP

Wild boars foraging in fields near Munich. Their population has risen dramatically in recent years

They are laying waste to crops in record numbers and their snouts are seriously damaging the autumn harvest. But soon the rampaging wild boar that have been causing havoc in rural areas of Germany could be gunned down by army marksmen, if farmers get their way.

The call for a military response comes from landowners in the wine and crop-growing western Rhineland-Palatinate region, where boar have destroyed hundreds of hectares of maize and torn up the earth so badly with their snouts that combine harvesters have been brought to a standstill. "The farmers are boiling with rage yet the problem can't be solved by using regular hunters anymore," said Norbert Schindler, the president of the regional farmers' union. "They are trying hard but they just can't cope. Why can't the army be drafted in to help?


http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/rampaging-wild-boar-draw-pleas-for-military-response-2071304.html

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