Radioactive Wild Boars Have Taken Over Abandoned Towns Near Fukushima
11 March, 2017, 00:46 | Author: Essie Rivera
Six years after the Fukushima nuclear plant's disastrous meltdown in Japan, the local government is now preparing to allow some of the residents to return to their homes in select areas.
Now those returning to the town of Namie are anxious about the nuclear-infected pigs, which have been know to attack humans, according to media reports.
The organisation says that evacuation orders in much of the "heavily contaminated" village of Iitate - around 40km from the damaged nuclear plant - will be lifted by the end of the month.
After people deserted the towns, wild boars emerged from local forests to scavenge for food and, according to local media, have flourished.
Even the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, wasn't sure who was in control.
The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident was one of the major consequences of the quake and tsunami on March 11th 2011 that left more than 15,000 people dead in Japan. According to Baba, the need to eliminate the boars is urgent: "If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable".
In the nearby town of Tomioka, hunters set up 30 cages twice a week to capture boars, using rice flour as bait and killing them with air rifles.
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Authorities in the town of Tomioka say they have killed 800 boars so far, but claim that is not almost enough.
In a government survey a year ago, over half of Fukushima's former residents said they would not return in fear of radiation and the safety of the nuclear plant.
Since April previous year, over 300 boars have been killed.
The radioactive swine have been known to attack people.
"They began coming down from the mountains and now they're not going back", hunter Shoichi Sakamoto told the network.
Still, most former residents have expressed that they will not return to their homes due to fear of radiation. "They found a place that's comfortable, there's plenty of food, and no one will come after them".
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