Boars Invade Berlin

City hires a hunter to try to control population
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted May 2, 2011 5:09 AM CDT
Updated May 2, 2011 2:24 PM CDT
Boars Invade Berlin
Wild boars are a growing nuisance in Berlin, as they increasingly enter the city to root through garbage.   (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

(Newser) – Wild boars are increasingly intruding into Berlin, rummaging through garbage bins and destroying lawns and property, reports the BBC. Shooting boars is dangerous in cities, and the smart animals quickly learn to avoid traps. But now Berlin has hired a wild boar hunter to try to control the pests. "They go through gardens and parks, and sometimes they bite people," said the hunter. Despite the trouble they cause, however, some Berliners enjoy the boars and feed them. "I'm very fond of them," said one woman, "They're my friends." (Read more wild animals stories.)

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