GUN In Berlin's Boar War, Some Side With the Hogs

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    * DECEMBER 16, 2008
    http://online.wsj.com/article/SB122937877627908421.html?mod=yhoofront
    In Berlin's Boar War, Some Side With the Hogs
    City Appoints Urban Hunters to Track Streetwise Swine; Three Pigs in Day Care

    By MARCUS WALKER

    BERLIN -- Gabriele Klose simply couldn't let the hunter kill the wild boar running around her flower store. Not after it looked up at her with big, innocent eyes.

    The hairy beast was one of thousands of wild boars that have discovered the charms of urban living in Germany's leafy capital city. When the creature trotted out of rush-hour traffic one morning last month to root around the flower store, Ms. Klose's first thought was: "That is one ugly dog."

    After a second glance, Ms. Klose phoned the police for safety -- and a local tabloid for publicity. The police called in Matthias Eggert, one of a crack band of hunters with license to kill hogs in urban areas. But Mr. Eggert's plan to dispatch the boar appalled Ms. Klose. The hunter says the tabloid reporter brandished a camera and warned him he'd have the whole of Berlin on his case if he pulled the trigger. Mr. Eggert sensed a PR debacle, so he phoned around until he found an animal sanctuary 40 miles from Berlin that granted the boar asylum and named the swine "Amanda."

    Thousands of wild, tusked ancestors of domestic pigs have discovered the charms of urban living in Germany's capital city. Some humans are happy to coexist, while others see the boars as a pest that should be eliminated.

    Mr. Eggert, a 55-year-old forestry official, fumes at Berlin's "vegans and whatnot" who are, he thinks, too sentimental about the city's pesky boars. "If we don't get brutally pragmatic, the problem is going to get totally out of hand," he says. Berlin's wooded parks, suburbs and increasingly mild winters make it Europe's capital city for sus scrofa, the wild, tusked ancestor of the domestic pig. The booming population of porkers has Germans on the run, reversing the natural order of things.

    Boars like to dig up worms and grubs with their snouts, churning manicured gardens into muddy battlefields. They've plowed up parks, cemeteries and even the training ground of Berlin's major-league soccer team, Herta BSC.
    Police Protection

    The swine are an obstacle on Berlin's streets, where 211 have died in traffic accidents in the past eight months. But despite the porcine problem, part of Berlin's human population is siding with the boars against those who shoot them. Urban hunters have been beaten with sticks, called "murderers" and had their tires slashed. Mr. Eggert once had to call for police protection when a crowd of young partygoers, enraged after he shot a boar that had been wounded by a car, threatened to beat him up.

    The boars are usually peace-loving. But 250-pound adults armed with sharp, upward-curving tusks can be dangerous if they think they're cornered. In October, when hunters shot a tusker in a cornfield south of Berlin, the wounded animal counterattacked, killing one man and injuring another who'd come to finish it off. Every year in Berlin several dogs are gored to death after rashly challenging boars to a fight. On one occasion, three boars got lost in a day-care center on Alexanderplatz in the heart of Berlin and panicked. The children hadn't arrived for the day yet, but the boars nearly gored the janitor.



    The growing threat to life, limb and lawns has led Berlin to take extraordinary measures. In 2002, City Hall began appointing special Stadtjäger, or "urban hunters." Some are police by day, others are veterinarians. A couple, like Mr. Eggert, are foresters. Their quarry is streetwise.

    "Some swine know the city better than we do," says Mr. Eggert. "They know every gap in a fence, every abandoned building they can hide in."

    Firing a hunting rifle in the city is a tricky business. Hunters have to decline risky shots: A bullet that ricochets off cobblestones can fly a long way. But hunting in the forests around Berlin isn't enough to control boar numbers. Too many boars live in town full-time because they've figured out it's safer, says Derk Ehlert, City Hall's special commissioner for wildlife. Other boars relocate to the suburbs only on weekends during the hunting season, returning to the forests on Mondays when the hunters and dogs have gone.

    "Boars are extremely smart," says Mr. Ehlert, a trained biologist. "If they weren't so smart, they wouldn't be so successful."

    Hunters have shot over 500 boars in urban areas since April, but boar numbers keep rising. Up to 7,000 now live in the city
    , Mr. Ehlert estimates. "There is no way that hunting can get rid of them all," he says. "Ultimately we must learn to share the city with the swine." The key to peaceful coexistence is no fraternizing, says Mr. Ehlert.

    One pack (called a "sounder") of boars took to hanging out at a playground in Berlin's posh Dahlem district. The chief sow sunbathed on the warm tarmac of a main road, holding up traffic, while her striped sucklings played with children.

    "If one piglet had squealed because a kid had held it wrongly, the sow would have attacked," says Mr. Ehlert. He had police cordon off the playground while hunters gunned down the entire sounder in front of shocked residents.

    On a recent snowy evening, Mr. Ehlert stopped his van near a derelict U.S. listening station on a hilltop in former West Berlin. During the Cold War, the U.S.'s National Security Agency eavesdropped on the Soviet bloc from here. Now the hill is crawling with boars. One by one, they emerged from the trees, grunting in expectation, until 15 plump hogs surrounded the van. "Someone is clearly feeding them," says Mr. Ehlert. That's illegal, because it leads to inappropriate boar-human mingling.
    Pig Food

    Some Berliners are defying the law every night, bringing boars food out of affection for the beasts. Unemployed truck driver Michael Gericke opened the trunk of his white Mercedes and tossed corn onto a parking lot. A score of hogs scrimmaged over the spoils. One tried to climb into the trunk.

    Mr. Gericke says he has been feeding boars here every night for 12 years, making him the doyen of Berlin's boar-loving underground. Every two weeks he spends €15, or about $20, of his jobless benefits on a 110-pound sack of corn.
    :ugh: "Feeding them corn diversifies their diet," he says.

    Only a handful of people have come out to feed the foragers on this December night. In summertime, says Mr. Gericke, hundreds of Berliners show up.

    Berlin's forestry officials say they're filing charges against Mr. Gericke that could lead to a hefty fine. Mr. Gericke says that won't stop him, because he can't pay anyway. "Even if they send me to prison instead, I won't stop."

    His loyalty to boars stems from an epiphany he had years ago, when he opened his car door and a large tusker he'd been feeding hopped in. "I thought he was going to bite my leg off," says Mr. Gericke.

    Instead, the boar put his head in Mr. Gericke's lap. "It was as if he was saying, 'Thank you,'" Mr. Gericke says.

    Mr. Eggert, the hunter, thinks it's time Berlin's authorities got tough. He says: "We should just gather hunters at the these feeding sites, make the civilians stand aside, and feed the swine with lead."
    :bowdown:

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    Germany :greddy:

    Should of shot the crowd of idiots when they attacked him.
     
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    They should round the boars up in labor camps with razor wire fences and systematically exterminate them. Germans are good at that sort of stuff, right?
     
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    Poison the corn.
     
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    poison the corn, and feed it to the goddamn hippie bastards
     
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    couldn't hurt.

    seriously though- if there was like, a fluffy bunny infestation, i might be against killing them, but people get gored, and killed by these animals!
     
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    I would be so in for a bunny invasion. Destructive to my plants or not, those little guys are cute.


    What am I saying, rabbit is delicious.
     
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    Oh no, we're being invaded by bacon, sausage, ribs, porkchops and scrapple stuffed inside a football.

    Throw me in that briar patch Br'er Germany.
     
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    I thought the same damn thing. Time for boar holocaust.

    If it were me, I'd just pick a nice, elevated and hidden perch, and dispatch all boars I saw with a headshot via suppressed 10/22.

    Or:

    Just let them continue to grow and fuck up everything and laugh at everyone else for letting them breed outta control. :mamoru:
     
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    Save the boars, kill the hippies. They seem to be the bigger problem of the two.
     
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    Boars carry diseases transmittable to humans


    Fucking moron hippies
     
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    I wonder how much an urban hunter gets paid. Count me in.
     
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    not only that but they fuck up people's yards and crops too
     
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    So do hippies.
     
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    My buddy and I did some work on some chicken houses for this farmer that had a hog problem...this crazy bastard would soak corn in cotton defoliant to poison the hogs. He would do it one afternoon, then the next morning he would have literally thousands of pounds of hog carcasses in his fields :rofl:


    Now we have permission to go run em with dogs :naughty:
     
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    I prefer the idea of using poisoned corn to knock 'em both out.
     
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    I was stationed in Berlin and I remember 'Groony pigs'. They were these same wild pigs that came out of the neighboring Gruenewald forest. We hadda take em out from time to time, sometimes they would get into town and hurt people. They were tough as fuck and didn't go down as easy as you would think.
     
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    Am I the only one that was thinking "Mmmmm corn-fed ham..." :yum:






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    They are nasty sons of bitches that can be flat out dangerous and, sometimes, unusually hard to put down.
     

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