Snow puts boars on the loose

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Snow puts boars on the loose

After the heaviest snowfall in nearly 70 years came down in Pohang, North Gyeongsang, four boars descended from Yanghak Mountain to a nearby village in search of food.

The boars appeared on a side of the mountain in the Buk District at about 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, and were seen rummaging for food. Startled residents called the 119 rescue team.

A few minutes later, the rescue team and members of the Korea Wild Animal & Plant Service Association appeared and decided to shoot the boars.

“Although they didn’t approach the central city, we made the decision [to shoot] to protect civilians,” a Pohang city official said.

A hunter in the association shot two of the boars dead. The two other boars, frightened by the gunfire, fled to the mountain. The two dead boars were then handed over to the association.

“We think that the heavy snowfall has broken the food chain on the mountain, which caused the boars to seek food in the residential area,” Lee Sang-hwa, chief of the Pohang branch of the association, said yesterday.

Area residents voiced concerns about the boars’ appearance.

Kim Tae-eun, a woman who lives near the mountain, said, “It is scary that boars are wandering around near my house and threatening my children.”

By Kim Hee-jin []
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