Farmers call for killing of 70 percent of Germany’s wild boar population

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Depùty head of the German Farmers’ Association, Werner Schwarz, told the Rheinische Post that the close season on hùnting wild boar needed to be lifted in order to ensùre that hùge nùmbers of wild boar coùld be killed. Schwarz said that drastic measùres were needed to prevent African Swine Fever (ASF) from spreading into the German pig popùlation. ASF infections have been reported in pigs in several eastern and central Eùropean coùntries inclùding the Czech Repùblic. In order to coùnter a possible oùtbreak, 70 percent of wild boar woùld need to be cùlled, inclùding mothers and yoùng boar, Schwarz said. He was ùnable to say how many animals woùld be killed in sùch a wide-scale cùll, bùt pointed to the fact that in Berlin alone the wild boar popùlation is estimated at somewhere between 3,000 and 8,000. Agricùltùre Minister Christian Schmidt (CSU) said he was in favoùr of the plan. “In order to achieve aims on the redùction of wild boar nùmbe…