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Saxony builds wild boar fence on the Polish border


In order to contain the African swine fever, Saxony is now also building a fence after Brandenburg. The Free State's Minister of Social Affairs spoke of a "crisis".

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Wild boar in the autumn forest

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Saxony has started building a permanent fence along the Polish border to prevent the further spread of African swine fever.

For this purpose, among other things, helpers from the Bundeswehr and the technical relief organization were on duty on Wednesday, said the Free State's Ministry of Social Affairs.

The fixed fence around the exclusion zone, which will replace the previous mobile game barrier, is to connect to the Brandenburg fence in the north and initially extend to Autobahn 4 in the south.

It is then planned to reinforce the fence along the entire border to Zittau.

"I hope that we can get this crisis under control quickly and well," said Petra Köpping, Minister of Social Affairs for consumer protection (SPD).

The primary goal is that the animal disease does not penetrate further into Saxony.

The new protective fence is about one meter high and should therefore still be passable for roe deer and deer.

Horizontal protection ensures that it cannot be undermined by the wild boar.

In addition, the Bundeswehr wants to fence in the Oberlausitz military training area, which alone comprises around 8,000 hectares of the 13,500 hectare exclusion zone.

Sniffer dogs are supposed to find carcasses

Saxony's neighboring state of Brandenburg has had seven of its own search dogs since Wednesday that are looking for wild boar carcasses.

The animals were previously used as hunting dogs and received additional training, as the Brandenburg Minister of Health announced.

African swine fever was first detected in Brandenburg in September, then also in Saxony.

As of Wednesday, Brandenburg recorded 146 cases in wild boars.

The disease is almost always fatal for pigs.

It is harmless to humans.

In Europe, the disease first appeared in Sardinia in 1978, but was able to be localized there despite repeated outbreaks.

Introduced into Georgia via contaminated food, the ASF virus then began to spread in Europe in 2007.

From Poland it has now evidently reached Brandenburg again.

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Source: spiegel

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