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Lynx, Seals and Boars

Did you hear the one about the swan who fell in love with a pedal boat or Berlin's annual crow-attack season? More than just wild boars, big bad wolves and problem bears, Europe's fauna have disappeared, returned, hunted and riveted the continent's residents.

Rudolf the ...: Bottlenose Dolphin Frolics on Belgian Coast

Rudolf the ...: Bottlenose Dolphin Frolics on Belgian Coast

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 12, 2010

They thought they were just getting sand and sea. But vacationers on the Belgian North Sea coast have been wowed by a dolphin who has shown a penchant for putting on a show close to shore. more...

A Quarter Century after Chernobyl: Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

A Quarter Century after Chernobyl: Radioactive Boar on the Rise in Germany

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 30, 2010

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. By Charles Hawley more...

Monsters of the Deep: Mysterious Oarfish Found in Sweden

Monsters of the Deep: Mysterious Oarfish Found in Sweden

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2010

Hikers on the Swedish coast have found a three-meter-long giant oarfish. Sightings are incredibly rare and many think the fish, which can grow as long as 35 feet, could explain ancient sea serpent legends. more...

Orso Problemo: Dino the Bear Divides the Italians

Orso Problemo: Dino the Bear Divides the Italians

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 11, 2010

Dino, a large bear with a voracious appetite, is wreaking havoc in the Alps of northeastern Italy. But while angry cattle owners want to shoot the beast, Dino has attracted an avid group of online supporters who want him kept alive. By Richard Meusers more...

Extreme Winter or Climate Change? Experts Baffled by Mass Seal Pup Deaths

Extreme Winter or Climate Change? Experts Baffled by Mass Seal Pup Deaths

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 13, 2010

A rash of deaths among young seals along the North Sea coast has puzzled German marine biologists, who wonder whether the deaths represent a worrying trend for the local ecosystem. In Schleswig-Holstein, most of the seal pups born in 2009 have perished. more...

Ursine Escapade: Bear Drama in Southern Poland

Ursine Escapade: Bear Drama in Southern Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2010

The Polish authorities just wanted to tranquilize the bear and transport her further away from their village. But the bear woke up -- and gave chase. Now, she's headed for a zoo. more...

Controversial Cull: Sweden Allows 27 Wolves to Be Killed

Controversial Cull: Sweden Allows 27 Wolves to Be Killed

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 04, 2010

Swedish authorities have allowed hunters to kill 27 wolves in a limited cull aimed at boosting public acceptance of the animals following persistent attacks on pets and livestock. The cull, which amounts to 10 percent of Sweden's wolf population, has been criticized by wildlife groups. more...

Climate Change's Clear Winners: Europe's Wild Boar Population Exploding

Climate Change's Clear Winners: Europe's Wild Boar Population Exploding

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 25, 2009

Europe is waging war on the boar, whose numbers have been surging as a result of global warming and the large-scale cultivation of maize and rapeseed for biofuel. While violent confrontations with humans are on the rise, the animal is respected for its intelligence -- and remains dear to German hearts. By David Crossland more...

To Kill or Not to Kill: Shy Panther on the Loose Near Belgian-German Border

To Kill or Not to Kill: Shy Panther on the Loose Near Belgian-German Border

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 11, 2009

Belgian police are hunting a large black cat, believed to be a panther, that has been spotted by hikers close to the border with Germany in recent weeks. Police say they may have to kill it, but a German zoo director is urging them to keep on trying to catch it alive. more...

Shot, Frozen and Burnt: Sweden Turning Stray Rabbits Into Biofuel

Shot, Frozen and Burnt: Sweden Turning Stray Rabbits Into Biofuel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 13, 2009

Stray rabbits are getting a raw deal in Sweden. Thousands of them living in the center of Stockholm are being culled, deep frozen and converted into biofuel for heating homes. Wildlife campaigners have criticized the practice. more...