Drone footage released online shows around 17 dead wild boars and approximately 30 still alive on Oder island in Kustrin-Kietz, a small village in the state of Brandenburg.
According to German media reports, some wild boars on the island appear to be infected with African swine fever.
The Friedrich Loeffler Institute (FLI) – that country’s leading animal disease centre – says the aim is to isolate the group to prevent the further spread of the virus.
However, while the group will continue to be observed by drone, the intention is not to disturb them.
“Intervening would be too dangerous because sick animals are very aggressive,” the district’s spokesman Thomas Behrendt, told news website Markische Oderzeitung (MOZ).
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