Wild boar attacks four in Berlin suburb

Oct. 30, 2012 at 7:45 AM

BERLIN, Oct. 30 (UPI) -- Police said they shot and killed a wild boar in a western suburb of Berlin after the 260-pound animal injured four people, including a police officer.

The boar apparently had been in a wooded area. It attacked an elderly man, biting him several times in the back and legs, Germany's Berliner Morgenpost reported Tuesday.

The animal's next victim was a 74-year-old woman who fell on the pavement and injured her hip. A younger woman who tried to distract the animal was bitten in the leg and had to jump on the hood of a car to escape, police said.

The boar headed back into the bushes before police arrived and was shot after it came out and attacked one of the officers.

A spokesman for the Berlin forestry service said it appeared the animal had fractured its left front leg, probably when it was hit by a motor vehicle.

Marc Franusch said injured animals react aggressively.

It is estimated that as many as 4,000 wild boars live in the forests of Berlin.

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