Wild Radioactive Boars Rampant in Fukushima, Japan

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This piece of news has been around since as early as April 2016. What strikes us odd is that it continues to get featured as of today with not too many of the reputed news publications reporting it. Following are two excerpts of the news – one from what seems to be the earliest coverage and the other the latest. Could this news possibly be true?

Communities in northern Japan are being overwhelmed by radioactive wild boars which are rampaging across the countryside after being contaminated by the Fukushima nuclear disaster.

The animals’ numbers are increasing as the boar breed unhindered in the exclusion zone around the stricken Fukushima Daiichi plant, and they are causing damage to farms well beyond the area poisoned by radiation. Hunters are shooting the boars as fast as they can, but local cities are running out of burial space and incinerator capacity to dispose of their corpses.

In the city of Nihonmatsu, 56km (35 miles) from the nuclear plant, three mass graves with a capacity for 600 boars each are almost full, and the local government has run out of spare land.

Reported By

Richard Lloyd Parry, Tokyo

Reporting Organization/website

The Times

Reported On

April 6, 2016 | 1AM


Northern Japan has been overrun by hundreds of wild boars, toxic from the radiation meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant that led to the abandonment of the city by its human residents. Even before radiation is figured into the equation, wild boars are ornery, frightening creatures. They’re also a delicacy in Japan, which accounts for their presence in the first place.

Delicacy or not, anything capable of setting off Geiger counters makes it inedible for human consumption. The boars have also proved themselves to be anti-social marauders who invade empty homes and destroy untended, wild crops.

These animals have been the kings and queens of Fukushima since the mass evacuation of humans more than half a decade ago. Within the next month, the Japanese government will lift evacuation orders on four towns within the 12-mile zone circling the nuclear plant. In advance of the return of humans to the area, a systematic culling of wild boars has begun.

More than 800 of the contaminated animals have been killed so far, but there may be as many as 13,000. Many of the boars have settled into homes and appear to have lost their natural fear of humans. Authorities are using drones, traps and other tactics to bring the number  down.

Still, only half of the city’s former residents have expressed any interest in returning. The broken and contaminated nuclear plant won’t be completely dismantled for another 40 years.

Reported By

The Editorial Board of post-gazette.com

Reporting Organization/website

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Reported On

March 13, 2017 | 12AM

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