Radioactive Wild Boars Have Taken Over Abandoned Towns Near Fukushima
- Author: Todd Kelly Mar 12, 2017,
Mar 12, 2017, 0:36
During recent investigations conducted using cameras and robots at the site of Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, after six years of the triple meltdown, it has likely identified melted fuel rods for the first time underneath the damaged reactor 2, Japan Times reported. In addition to being potentially contaminated, the animals are renowned for their bad tempers and willingness to confront humans.
Around 800 boars carrying highly radioactive material have been killed by the hired hunters.
And, since they've lost their wariness of people, they're likely to be aggressive."It is not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars", Tamotsu Baba, mayor of the deserted town of Namie, told Reuters.
Japan plans to lift evacuation orders on four towns near the Fukushima plant, but officials will have to hunt the boars down before it can be considered safe for people to return to their homes, The New York Times noted.
Seaside town Naime and three other towns have been cleared and people are expected to come back by the end of the month.
The latest move, however, will still leave the better part of Namie designated as an area "difficult to return home to" due to relatively high levels of remaining radioactive fallout. Now reproducing with reckless abandon, the wild boar population has jumped 300 per cent since the disaster, reaching an estimated 13,000 individuals.
However, not all residents will be returning.
Now - with the town overrun with radioactive swine - about half of Namie's 21,500 residents have chose to return home, according to a survey. Now, some of these towns like Naime are almost ready to welcome citizens back - but the wild boars who now seem to run the town make it a challenge to repopulate the region.
It's unlikely the boars will be used for their bacon, since they've been gobbling plants contaminated with radiation, which the government banned humans from consuming. "They found a place that was comfortable".
She is one of the so-called "volunteer evacuees" from the nuclear disaster, so called because they were not ordered out of their homes by the national government and forced to find other accommodations considerably farther away from the plant.