Wild animal grave ‘Agricultural Waterway’… ‘Delayed’ with legislation in place


Accidents in which wild animals such as elk drown in concrete agricultural waterways continue to suffer. The government has been belatedly taking measures, but the processing of related laws has been delayed.

Reporter Lee Yong-shik covered the story.

The elk is trapped in a concrete agricultural canal that has drained water after rice farming is over.

They run around, but they can’t get out because there’s no escape route in the deep farm waterway.

It’s a good thing that lifeguards can reach you.

[이현석/주민 : 자주 빠져요, 제가 차 타고 매년 돌아다닐 때마다 한 두세 마리씩은 항상 보는 것 같아요.]

Last month, four elk that fell into an agricultural waterway were rescued, and this year in Chungnam alone, 16 survived and returned to the wild.

If the report is not reported on time and left unattended for a long time, there is no choice but to starve and die.

Earlier this month, two wild boars were found dead in an agricultural waterway in Iksan, Jeollabuk-do.

[김리현/충남야생동물구조센터 재활관리사 : 고라니들이 많이 사체로 발견되고요, 양서류나 새끼 조류들도 많이 빠져서 사체로 발견되곤 합니다.]

Agricultural waterways have been created mainly in the mountain and rice paddy border areas, and wild animals fall while moving in search of water and food.

National Concrete Agricultural Waterway covers 50,000 km.

However, most do not have fall arrest facilities or escape routes.

Due to the continuing hardship of wild animals, the Ministry of Environment completed a research service to investigate the damage situation and to install an ecological passageway.

However, follow-up measures are only slow.

A bill was also prepared to install safety facilities such as escape routes in agricultural waterways, but it was difficult to enact the law this year as discussions did not go well due to the political situation in the presidential election.


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