Wild Boar Mauls Four in Berlin!

Like in many countries increased urbanization has led to decreased hunting pressure on dangerous game in Germany, with the consequences becoming obvious:

Berlin authorities say they shot and killed a 120 kilogram (265-pound) wild boar after it attacked and injured four people including a police officer in a residential neighborhood.

Police said Tuesday the boar bit a 74-year-old man on the back and leg, and knocked a 74-year-old woman to the ground and injured her hip on Monday afternoon in the Charlottenburg area of the capital. It also bit a 24-year-old woman before she climbed aboard a parked car to safety. All three were treated in a hospital.

Police say when a police officer arrived, the boar attacked him and cut his leg before he pulled his gun and killed the animal with “multiple shots.”

Wild boars are relatively common in green Berlin, though rarely cause problems beyond digging up gardens.

Frankly digging up gardens is a significant problem especially considering the terrible growing seasons the world has had these last few years. But as boar lose their fear of humans there will be more aggressive interactions between man and very large beast.

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