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South Korea to Deploy Snipers to Hunt Down North’s Sick Pigs

  • African swine fever seen threatening South Korean pig industry
  • Thermal vision drones will be used to search for infected hogs
Quarantine officials arrive to slaughter infected pigs at a farm in Paju, Oct. 2.
Photographer: Lim Byung-shick/Yonhap

South Korea will send military snipers and civilian hunters to its northern border Tuesday to eliminate wayward, contagion-carrying pigs from Kim Jong Un’s reclusive neighboring state.

The government will also use thermal vision drones to search for hogs infected with African swine fever near the civilian control line, a buffer region near the strip of land dividing the Korean Peninsula, the agriculture ministry said Sunday. The intensified measures aim to exterminate feral pigs in areas including Incheon, Seoul, Goseong and Bukhan River.