Wild pigs and raccoons are thriving in the evacuation zone around Fukushima. The humans have deserted the area, and crops have not been harvested
The Tomioka government has recently established a hunter group comprising 14 residents with hunting licenses. The town is considering paying 20,000 yen per pig from April this year to catch more unwanted wild animals.
TOMIOKA, Fukushima — An increasing number of wild “iron age pigs” — a cross between wild boars and domestic pigs — has been seen in this town near the crippled Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant, destroying homes and crops while residents have been evacuated due to the triple disaster.
Following the onset of the Fukushima plant accident in March 2011, some 20 iron age pigs that were being raised for meat in Tomioka escaped. The Ministry of the Environment and the local government set up traps in the area and had captured around 120 iron age pigs by January this year. While it is difficult to distinguish iron age pigs from wild boars, officials believe…
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