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Wild boars destroy UK soldiers' cemetery

The Local · 25 Feb 2011, 14:45

Published: 25 Feb 2011 14:45 GMT+01:00

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The British Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery in the city’s Charlottenburg district, usually characterized by immaculate landscaping, now looks like a ploughed field, gardener Philippe Fontaine said.

Little remains of the closely cropped English lawn, and unearthed gravestones are tumbled about the grounds, which are the final resting place of British Commonwealth aircrew and prisoners of war who died in the Berlin area during both world wars.

“We couldn’t believe our eyes at first,” Fontaine said.

In his estimation, about one-quarter of the 38,000-square-metre graveyard has been destroyed.

“The damages will cost well over €10,000,” he said.

The wild hogs already damaged some of the grounds last year, but when gardeners informed the city’s wildlife control hunters, they were informed that it is illegal to shoot guns in cemeteries.

“It’s only authorized in an emergency,” he said.

But Berlin wildlife officials plan to target the boars outside the cemetery, guessing that the porcine pillagers reside in the nearby Grunewald forest.

According to forester Marc Franusch, there are some 8,000 boars living in the Berlin area, with numbers increasing by some 300 each year. Around 1,500 are shot each year, he estimated.

But the wild boars venture into the city more often than ever before, attracted by a “comfortable life and a richly filled plate,” Franusch said.

To prevent further damage to the soldiers' cemetery, gardeners have doubled the height of their fences and fortify the entry.

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“It won’t be cheap, but it can’t be avoided,” Philippe said.

The War Graves Commission Cemetery is one of two in Berlin. Some 3,576 Commonwealth soldiers are buried inside.


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Your comments about this article

15:29 February 25, 2011 by idiot
Front pigs
22:30 February 25, 2011 by phil25
A ´sounder´ of wild boars? Does the same collective noun apply to domestic pigs too?
23:31 February 25, 2011 by toemag
German "Swine", sorry couldn't resist :-)

As a hunter someone got their maths wrong, population of 8,000 wild pig will produce a lot more than 300 porkers a year unless that's the remainder after you have you have culled the 1,500.

If anyone here has any contact with the Hunters up there, I'd love to go and do a bit of boar culling.
14:39 February 27, 2011 by DavidtheNorseman
Time for some creative Gemanic thinking. If the (strange) rule regarding firearms and cemetaries is the sticking point perhaps the use of crossbows? Wolves? Free pig to anyone who can catch it? Pork kabobs for all!
03:26 February 28, 2011 by wenddiver
Get a Marlin Guide Gun in .45-70 Government and a Couple Boxes of Horandy Lever Revoultion or Corbon Ammunition. Make a trail of cheap Candy from were they were last scene and make a trail to where you and the guide gun are waiting. When the Tusker fills the sight of the Guide gin completely gentle squeeze the trigger without without distubing the sights and puthim down before you get gored.

Gut him and throw him in a Smoker that will accept Mesquite wood. Use some Luby's Bar-B-Que sause or U-Bon's dipping sauce on his carcus. Serve with beer, and Maker's Mark Whiskey, mixed with Coca-Cola on the rocks 9iced). Invite the Copsand other friends. Might want to invite the Cops to the original hunt.
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