The Chernobyl meltdown in 1986 had severe consequences not only in Ukraine but in other parts of Europe, too. A quarter century after radioactive disaster a large number of boars in Germany are contaminated with radioactive substances.
It’s a well-known fact that the Chernobyl meltdown had affected the population of wild boar in Germany. However, the number of the affected animals is growing. The government pays compensations to hunters who have suffered decreased income because of the radioactive wild pigs. According to governmental information, the amount of the compensations has increased four times since 2007.
Experts explain that this boom of payments is due to the growing boar population and to an increase of the contamination. Thus, in 2008/2009 about 650,000 wild pigs were shot by hunters compared to approximately 280,000 the previous season. As meat from contaminated animals can’t be sold and consumed, hunters suffer lower incomes and the government had started paying compensations.