Germany: Boars Shot By Hunters Are Highly Radioactively Contaminated – How Many Have Been Shot By Hunts During the Last 5 Years and Presented to a ‘Certified Measuring Body’ Before Going Into the Human Food Chain ?


For explanation: the here used term “Swabia” refers to Baden-Wuerttemberg, with Stuttgart as its capital.

It is interesting to note that there is no mention of other “game”, which is also shot in high numbers in Germany and consumed (except for foxes, where the fur is used) – sold via local shops and in local restaurants. Deer also dig for food at this time of year. The following pics have been taken in the local forest (Southern Germany).



Below – The remains of locally shot boar/deer – Jan. and Feb. 2013.

Normally only the head, legs and skin is discarded in the waste bins.

The meat is sold locally by shops for human consumption and also used in local restaurants.








Entire group of wild boar radioactively contaminated

Even 27 years after the reactor catastrophe at Tschernobyl the effects are measurable.  After a boar hunt near Augsburg all shot animals had to be disposed of: the sows very heavily contaminated.


Wild boars in the forest. By foraging for food they plough through the ground. There, especially in mushrooms, a lot of radioactivity is still concentrated.

37 radioactive Swabian wild boar make the Greens feel uneasy. The animals had recently been shot during a “Saujagd” (boar hunt) near the city of Augsburg. All 37 were afterwards disposed of due to a too high exposure dose, said Christine Kamm, with the Augsburg Green party.

The readings came up with Caesium-137 values of 10,000 becquerel per kilogram. From 600 becquerel onwards game is declared unfit for consumption, said a representative of the Augsburg regional environmental authority.

The reactor catastrophe at Tschernobyl in 1986 is still considered the main source for Caesium pollution. The radioactive metered values for the recently shot 37 sows are even higher than those of previous measurements, said Kamm. “The values rise, although the radioactive half-life of Caesium is 30 years”:

The Greens intend to submit an inquiry to the state parliament in order to find out if Swabian sows are a special case and how many radioactively contaminated animals have been shot in the last 5 years. Boars shot during hunts must be presented to a certified measuring body – unless the hunter intends to consume the meat himself.

Radioactivity in the Ground

The high level of contamination of these 37 Swabian boars may also have seasonal reasons. Caesium-37 is measured for the most part in the surface soil of the forest, said a representative of the environmental authority. In years with a good food supply the boars ate mostly acorns and beech nuts. In bad years the boars took to ploughing through the ground looking for mushrooms. “This can lead to fluctuation between years”.

The state authority conducts radioactivity measurements of its own within the framework of the precautionary radiation protection legislation (Strahlenschutzvorsorgegesetz). From 1st of March 2012 to 1st of March 2013 only 12 of 136 examined sows tested positive for elevated radiation. One of the animals came from Swabia, the other 11 from Bavaria.