dglobalnews.com Roaming, Radioactive Boars Slow Return of Japan's Nuclear Refugees
Published: Sat, March 11, 2017
Global Media | By Cecelia Webb

Roaming, Radioactive Boars Slow Return of Japan's Nuclear Refugees

Roaming, Radioactive Boars Slow Return of Japan's Nuclear Refugees

Hundreds of toxic wild boars have been roaming across northern Japan, where the meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear plant six years ago forced thousands of residents to desert their homes, pets and livestock.

Hundreds of radioactive wild boars moved into towns deserted after the nuclear crisis. Some of the animals have reportedly taken shelter in previously abandoned homes.

"If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable".

"We need a strong hunting plan", Hidekiyo Tachiya, the mayor of neighboring town Soma was quoted as saying.

The New York Times, meanwhile, says that the boars "carry with them highly radioactive material" - with some having tested for radiation levels 300 times higher than safety standards.

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident was one of the major consequences of the natural disaster and tsunami on March 11th 2011 that left more than 15,000 people dead in Japan.

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More than 150,000 people were forced to evacuate from their homes following the meltdown.

This makes it extremely risky for residents to return to their homes, even if it's just to get certain valuables that were left behind. By the government's own estimates, a full dismantling of the plant would take about 40 years more.

According to the Mirror, Japan is set to lift cordons for parts of Namie, which is located 4km from the damaged Fukushima Daiichi power plant, as well as three other towns.

Reuters also reports that a number of hunters in the town of Tomioka are working to "catch and kill" the animals using air rifles and special traps. More than half of the 21,500 former residents have decided not to return, citing concerns over radiation and the safety of ongoing operations at the nuclear plant, which is now being decommissioned. "They began coming down from the mountains and now they aren't going back".

The radioactive swine have been known to attack people.

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