Wild Boar Rampages through South Korean City, Injures 5

On the morning September 28th, citizens of a city just north of Seoul were shocked to see a wild boar rampaging through the streets. Police were able to shoot and kill the boar, but not before it had attacked and injured five people, two of them seriously. Wild boars can sometimes be seen deep in the mountains of South Korea, however it is rare for them to come into cities.

Article from SBS:

Wild boar rampages in Pocheon, five residents injured

[transcript of news report]
Announcer: Police have shot and killed a wild boar that entered the city of Pocheon and went on a rampage. The boar had attacked and injured five people within the city. Reporter Park Won-kyeong is on the scene.

Reporter: A dark object crosses the street and chases after a woman.

It then reappears on a nearby street, where it hits the side of a military vehicle before running up an alleyway.

Korean soldier, running out of a vehicle: “You’ve got to get it, this is serious!”

These images of a wild boar were taken around 10:00 a.m. on September 28th in the city of Pocheon.

The boar was one and a half meters long, weighed 100kg, and was estimated to be two years old.

The boar is suspected to have come from one of the nearby hills before it spent roughly one hour swaggering around the city and walking through the streets.

Witness Lee Kil-soon: “I came out when I heard a woman scream, then I saw the boar, it was a big one. I was too afraid to come out and just stood here, shocked.”

The boar, which was first discovered near Pocheon City Hall, strutted around the center of city, attacking pedestrians.

Two residents, one in her seventies and one in her eighties, were rushed to a hospital. Three other residents are receiving treatment for bruises sustained during the attacks.

Victim: “the boar hit me in the calves and knocked me over, then it bit my rear end, then it stomped on my head. It all happened so fast.”

Police fired ten shots to kill the boar.

A man stands with the body of the boar that rampaged through Pocheon.

A man stands with the body of the boar that rampaged through Pocheon.

Lieutenant Lee Ho-joon of the Pocheon Police Department: “After three police officers saw the boar running through a thicket toward the city, they fired upon the animal.”

Police believe that the animal had been looking for something to eat when it lost its way and ended up in the middle of the city.

Comments from Daum:

앵벌이상파:

Please stop going to the mountains and collecting all the acorns and berries! People need to come to their senses and stop gobbling up everything that animals need to eat. Think about what you’re doing, obliterating everything that the animals of the forest need to survive! I was watching a hiking program where this big time hiker was acting like he knew everything and picking whatever he wanted to eat, these people have no right to be in the mountains.

mimi:

The boar probably just came to the city because he was hungry, but if the only way he could eat also involved harming humans, then there was no choice but to shoot him!

A boar pushed open the door to a Busan convenience store in October 2010, chasing the cashier and ransacking shelves before police arrived and shot it.

A boar pushed open the door to a Busan convenience store in October 2010, chasing the cashier and ransacking shelves before police arrived and shot it.

인샬라:

Don’t just write these articles all the time, do something about the problem! Is the only answer to kill them… please do something to help animals and people live together…

투표시간연장:

And a chicken from the Yushin era is rampaging in the Blue House…fifty million Koreans have gone crazy

김온유님:

It could have been much worse..I hope the injured people get better soon. There was nothing they could do but shoot the animal, but I do feel pity for the boar.

기탄잘리:

Please stop picking all the nuts and acorns in the woods…

rlaalsdnd:

Wild pigs need to eat acorns and kudzu in order to survive, but now people just take what they want, saying “who cares about pigs eating acorns?” The Korean half-moon bear eats acorns. It’s because of this that salamanders have disappeared from the valleys, and now they are catching the frogs…

ckddml:

When it comes to dangerous animals like wild pigs, it would be better for humans and for the animals if they moved all of the animals to conservation areas where they would be protected. When I am deep in the mountains, in areas where there is no mobile phone signal, thinking about what would happen if a wild boar suddenly appears makes me carry around a heavy rock for protection. Deer and wild pigs in those areas eat all of the farmers’ crops and ruin their livelihood. It’s not even safe for farmers to work in their fields alone. But then animal rights activists charge in from the cities with their romantic ideas about animals. It would be much better to research putting bears, wild pigs, deer, and other such animals in a big conservation area so they could be used for tourism, which would limit the dangers to both man and animals.

동쟁이:

They must have had a party with all of that pork after they caught it.

시어버터:

Did they have to kill it? They could have used a tranquilizer gun and brought it back to the mountains. Do only humans have the right to live? Every life is precious!

도솔21:

The pigs are just coming to civilized areas because humans have indiscriminately destroyed everything there is to eat in the pigs’ habitat…so the only way to solve a problem created by human mistakes is to shoot the pig…

꾸꾸:

Is it a crime for a pig to be hungry? The crime happens when humans destroy everything in nature that wild animals need to survive. tsk tsk

A December 2009 photo shows South Korean soldiers feeding bread to wild piglets.

A December 2009 photo shows South Korean soldiers feeding bread to wild piglets.

청청달마:

RIP wild pig

kerkerkack:

This reminds me of an old episode of 동물농장 when a dog saved his owner by fighting with a wild boar but died during the fight. The owner climbed a tree and took pictures with his cell phone.

웅스:

To all you shitheads trying to protect wild pigs, I think you need to get your intestines ripped out with a wild boar tusk in order to come to your senses. Stop self-righteously talking about damage to the environment and demanding that humans take responsibility. Have the guts to get rid of something that is harmful to humans. If at the very least you ride around in a car that burns gas, spoon your rice into plastic containers, and enjoy disposable conveniences, then you should know that all your complaining about protecting the environment is just the hollow whining of a keyboard warrior trying to act better than other people.

째기오:

A raccoon came down from Bonghwa Village, acting smart and deceiving everyone, I would have liked to shoot that raccoon. [this is a metaphor for former President Roh Moo-hyun]

돈자:

The boar should have tried rampaging around the Blue House or the National Assembly

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  • harvz

    Keep your heavy rock. Boars have thick skulls and have been known to take a gunshot to the head and keep charging. Using a heavy rock is just going to piss one off.

  • k.ftw

    Poor boar was just hungry, the injured people were unlucky for crossing his path, sad story. I’m surprised they didn’t use tranquilizer gun instead~ “People need to come to their senses and stop gobbling up everything that animals need to eat.” Amen.

  • Ruaraidh

    Do people in Korea really eat a lot of acorns? In my experience it’s a bit of a faff to leech out the bitterness and make them palatable, at least with sessile and pedunculate oaks.

    • chucky3176

      Yes. Acorns are grounded into a powder, and the powders are made into a paste, then it turns into a stiff jello. The brown jello is then marinated with a combination of soy sauce, sesemi oil, and red chili powder. The jello itself has no smell and is bland tasting. As for people eating all the acorns. I don’t buy that. Acorns are commercially farmed, and the wild pigs eat anything, not just acorns. I think the problem is that there are just too many wild pigs since they have no natural enemy, therefore causing environmental damage. They need to cull them.

      • Thor

        It’s the same problem in the West. There’s no wolves left, so there’s too much wild pigs.

        • chucky3176

          Few years back, Korea tried to reintroduce the wolves to the wild, with stiff opposition from the livestock farmers. I didn’t hear anything after that, other then the news that some farmers were upset that the reintroduced wolves killed their livestock. I guess it failed.

      • Ruaraidh

        Mature oaks produce and astronomical quantity of nuts, it does seem unlikely that people are trekking up into the mountains and hauling all these tonnes of acorns back. Forest clearing might drive wild boar into hunger and conflict with humans, but people foraging for nuts? I doubt it.

        • Brett

          There are people in the countryside who climb mountains to get free (not that the acorn flour is expensive) acorns so they can make the jello. There are plenty of nuts leftover after the pick.

          I took a trip with my wife’s maternal uncle to collect some about 2 months ago. I don’t really love the dish. Americans don’t eat many jello-ish foods that aren’t sweet or tart. But it was a food that was widely eaten throughout Korea’s past, especially in times of hunger. Very filling.

          • chucky3176

            Koreans also forage for wild ginseng (these are very valuable and can fetch top dollars in the market), and plant known to Koreans as “kosari”, or brackens in English. They go into bibimbap.

          • Brett

            Right, my mother in law makes steamed gosari, often. Kind of bitter, but everyone says it’s great for you.

            One thing I love about Korea, is that no matter how connected to technology the country is, the same people trying to win the rat race are still very attached to nature and their environment.

          • chucky3176

            I would go easy on the brackens and consume them moderately. Some researches have linked the plant to contain carcinogens which could give you throat and stomach cancers. I am not sure about that, but Koreans do frequently get stomach cancers (although I think most of that is due to high levels of salt in the diet). I would not take that chance still.

      • bigmamat

        I guess since Koreans don’t have guns they don’t hunt. I know they like to camp. You’d have to be a pretty ballsy shot to hunt boar with a bow. I’d say if acorns are the problem I can’t think of a single American that wouldn’t rather eat the boar. lol

        • chucky3176

          You can get air guns in Korea, and hunting for boars and pheasants is a fairly common sports. Obviously hunting is not a popular sports as in the US though. The wild boars have thick skin and pure muscles which makes them difficult to hunt due to the pitifully weak bullets of the air guns. Real powerful hunting rifles these are not. The number of wild boars in Korea has exploded due to the extinction of the natural predators which are the Siberian tigers, the Korean leopards, and the wolves. They were all hunted down to extinction before 1950. The pigs breed like rats, and they not only attack humans, but they also destroy crops. The crop damages alone run to tens of millions of dollars each year. The wild boars could carry parasites dangerous to humans, because god only knows what they eat. They will eat just about anything including garbage. You need to cook the meat very well done.

          • bigmamat

            Damn I checked it out. The U.S. has a wild pig problem in the southern states, Florida, Texas and Oklahoma. The government should put out traps. They aren’t native to North America either. They’re nasty critters to have living too close to humans. I think I said this before, don’t want an encounter with a bear or a boar.

        • mr.wiener

          I got cousins down south in Taiwan who go after boars with dogs and spears, If they are lucky someone has a homemade gun.

          • Brett

            Yea, there was a special on the history channel not to long ago about the Taiwanese who still hunt boar and make wine (baijiu) from dead hornets (probably safer than drinking any other baijiu).

            Why don’t you ask if you could join in?

          • mr.wiener

            Timing is the key, also apparently I’m a soft cityafied wimp.
            They want me to go with them and hunt flying squirrels instead and eat their intestines raw, with a dipping sauce of soy and garlic.

  • http://www.dvdasa.com/ dk2020

    Mmmm, I wonder if the boar is related to the black pigs of Jeju.. ddong daejii samgyeopsal for days, which I’m suddenly in the mood for.. gotta pick some up for dinner tonite..

  • Rei Yu Tian

    Having been on a hunting trip in rural South Carolina, I can tell you that boars are dangerous and the wounds they can inflict using their tusks is insane. But they are mighty delicious~

    • bigmamat

      No kidding when I saw this I was thinking, stuff like this happens all the time in U.S. Since we still have a lot more wild space that is close to civilization. We saw a black bear by the side of the road about a month ago that had been hit by a car. Fine by me I do not want an up close and personal encounter with a boar or a bear.

      • Rei Yu Tian

        Venison, wild boar, rabbits, etc.

        If you are a good shot and live in rural/countryside USA, it’s impossible to go hungry, :D

    • Chinese

      This reminds me of da scene in predator with “mac.”

  • Mighty曹

    Imagine how many starving souls in N.Korea this boar could have fed.

    • Rei Yu Tian

      The Police station is probably having a feast, samgyeopsal and soju night.

      • Mighty曹

        That sounds good!

  • bumfromkorea

    I can’t be the only one who thought of this scene:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uZZG86ZISvE

  • commander

    I am wondering whether the injured in a boar rampage can get any compensation from government at least for their medical bills for treatmemt at a hospital.

  • alabamaBAM

    My wild bore of a brother-in-law rampages through our dinner parties and leaves way more people injured than that big pig.

  • Pete of Perth

    Call that a boar? I call it a pussy.

    This is a boar: RAZORBACK

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OlK7a3uViDs

  • The Juggernaught

    i think the wild boar was cute

  • Skaftafell

    Might not have been the boar’s fault, but isn’t the police supposed to protect the people? Thus, though it may have seemed tragic to some that the boar was killed, but trying to capture it alive may have caused more injuries.

  • jg29a

    “When I am deep in the mountains, in areas where there is no mobile phone signal, thinking about what would happen if a wild boar suddenly appears makes me carry around a heavy rock for protection.”

    Trying to think of something that would be better to carry around in the woods than a rock… hmm… got this vague sense of something that might protect me from dangerous animals, a bit less heavy than a huge rock, much more effective, and also be a basic right… ah… almost got it… almost…

    Nah, drawing a blank. Guess I’ve been in Korea too long.

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