Packs of radioactive wild boar ravaging forest and farmland are making farmers in Sweden nervous.
Farmers fear the high radiation in the animals will stop hunters shooting them, causing the population to spiral with more of them damaging forests and crops.
Fears are growing in Sweden over packs of radioactive wild boar moving north, ravaging forests and farmland
One animal shot by hunters had more than 10 times the safe level of radiation. Environmentalists are warning hunters of “extremely high” radiation levels among local boar.
This high contamination level is said to have been caused by a cloud of radioactive dust that blew in after the Chernobyl disaster 31 years ago.
As wild boar search for ood with their noses in the earth, they have a greater exposure to Ceasium accumulating in the soil. This is also the reason why radiation levels among boar are expected to rise.
Local farmer associations fear that hunters will stop killing wild boar due to the high level of radiation found in them. In turn, the population could go out of control, with more of them damaging forests and fields.