Toxic wild boars are stalking Fukushima residents


Wild boars are going nuclear in Japan.

The animals are running amok in abandoned towns in Japan’s Fukushima prefecture, evacuated following the tsunami-triggered disaster at a nuclear plant there in 2011.

But now that exiled residents will soon be allowed to move back to at least two of the affected towns, hunters have been contracted to clear the animals out, the BBC reported.

“They began coming down from the mountains and now they’re not going back,” hunter Shoichi Sakamoto told the network. “They found a place that’s comfortable, there’s plenty of food, and no one will come after them. This is their new home now and this where they have children.”

It’s unlikely the boars will be used for their bacon, since they’ve been gobbling plants contaminated with radiation, which the government banned humans from consuming.

And the animals pose other risks.

“They come down from the mountains to the residential areas and attack people or collide with cars,” University of Tokyo Professor Takahisa Murata told the BBC.

Evacuation orders will be lifted on the outskirts of the prefecture on March 31 or April 1, according to Reuters.



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