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August 3rd, 2010
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Boarzilla!
A Quarter Century after Chernobyl, Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany
As Germany's wild boar population has skyrocketed in recent years, so too has the number of animals contaminated by radioactivity left over from the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown. Government payments compensating hunters for lost income due to radioactive boar have quadrupled since 2007.

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Wild boar are particularly susceptible to radioactive contamination due to their predilection for chomping on mushrooms and truffles, which are particularly efficient at absorbing radioactivity. Indeed, whereas radioactivity in some vegetation is expected to continue declining, the contamination of some types of mushrooms and truffles will likely remain the same, and may even rise slightly -- even a quarter century after the Chernobyl accident.

So are they compensating the truffle hunters too?

Link thanks to andrewducker.

ETA: Radiation may be less dangerous than people think.

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From:sinboy
Date:August 3rd, 2010 06:40 pm (UTC)
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I'm thankful that I don't like truffle.
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From:nancylebov
Date:August 3rd, 2010 10:13 pm (UTC)
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I suggest the upper limit might be reset at a lifetime total of 5 sieverts, at no more than 0.1 sievert per month. That would be a fraction of a radiotherapy dose, spread over a lifetime.
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From:matt_ruff
Date:August 3rd, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
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Wouldn't being bitten by a radioactive boar grant you the ability to sniff out truffles on your own?
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From:madfilkentist
Date:August 4th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
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To a Fred Small tune:

"Oink! Oink!" "AAAAAAAAA!"
Hot boars on the loose!
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From:captain_button
Date:August 4th, 2010 11:01 pm (UTC)
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I'm looking forward to Global Asylum's upcoming movie "MegaWolf vs. RadioBoar".
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