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article imageWorld War II cemetery in Germany damaged by wild boar

By Lynn Curwin     Feb 27, 2011 in World
Charlottenburg - Wild boar have caused severe damage to a cemetery in Germany which contains the graves of British and Commonwealth soldiers.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission reported that almost 10,000 square metres of turf were destroyed by the animals as they rooted for grubs.
Although the boar got into the cemetery, which is located in the Charlottenburg district of Berlin, in November, the extent of the damage was not known because of snow on the ground.
A new fence, twice the height of the old one, has been erected around the perimeter to prevent the same thing from taking place again and more work will be done when the weather and ground conditions improve. It is estimated that it will cost about £25,000 to do the work.
BBC News reported that the animals had gotten into the cemetery, where there are 3,580 graves, before and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission put up a sign in English saying: "Warning, beware of the wild boar."
According to The Local, illegal to shoot guns in cemeteries but Berlin wildlife officials plan to target the boars in the nearby Grunewald forest.
Forester Marc Franusch estimates there are about 8,000 boars living in the Berlin area, and approximately 1,500 are shot each year.
The majority of those buried at the cemetery were aircrew killed in bombing raids. The others were prisoners of war who died before fighting ended.
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