Published: Sun, March 12, 2017
Money | By Oscar Reynolds

Radioactive Boars Pose Risk in Towns Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant

Radioactive Boars Pose Risk in Towns Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant

The Japanese government has been sending in teams to "cull" the boars, which has also led the radioactive animals to be filmed and photographed for the first time. "But rather than learn from the Fukushima disaster, Abe is pushing to restart reactors - a policy that will lock his country into a unsafe, dirty energy path for decades to come", said Yoneda.

The boars have been surviving off of food and plants, which have exposed the animals to radiation levels far higher than considered safe by the government.

To make way for the return of townspeople, local officials are deploying hunters to kill off the boars.

The national government is preparing to lift the evacuation order on the village of Iitate, which was in the direct path of the radiation plume six years ago - a move Ulrich thinks unwise as the town still has "hot-spots" where radiation exceeds established norms.

When the people cleared the towns in lieu of the nuclear accident, wild boars emerged from the nearby hills and forests to forage food in the deserted neighborhoods.

This is an an issue because boars are known to attack humans and cause damage to local farmlands.

"My heart aches deeply when thinking about the health of the elderly" and "feelings of evacuees from high-radiation dose areas where the prospects of returning to their own homes are still dim", he said. Responding to a government survey past year, however, about half of Namie's 21,500 residents said they would not go back and cited concerns about radioactivity.

Authorities in the town of Tomioka say they have killed 800 boars so far, but claim that is not almost enough. But even if the entire boar population is defeated, residents still aren't itching to return back to their homes.

Godzilla admirers may be disappointed to learn that the video report shows normal-sized boars being dispatched with what looks like a small-caliber rifle.

Yeah, and don't forget about those hundreds of ill-tempered, radioactive boars running around.

Sakamoto uses rice flour as bait to tempt the boars into cages explaining: 'After people left, they began coming down from the mountains and now they are not going back. They will become internally displaced people.

Even the town's mayor, Tamotsu Baba, wasn't sure who was in control.

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