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Germany's Radioactive Plague: Another Reason To Avoid Wild Boar

The German government paid over $500,000 to hunters in 2009 for wild boar that had to be destroyed after traces of radioactivity were found. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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The NPR News Blog “The Two Way” reported on a story yesterday about the rise of radioactive wild boar in Germany.

Twenty-four years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant explosion, creatures as far reaching as wild boar are still being affected by radioactive waste.

Even if you aren’t likely to come across wild boar in your everyday activities, according to the Spiegel Online article, the wild animals are being contaminated by common foods such as mushrooms and truffles containing radioactive Caesium-137. And this isn't only a problem for the boar; German hunters are losing large.

Spiegel Online reports the German government has handed out more than $500,000 in compensation to hunters who have been forced to ditch the contaminated meat. Of that sum, Berlin paid an estimated $170,000.

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