Six years after Japan's devastating natural disaster and tsunami triggered a nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant, four evacuated towns have been declared safe. In addition to being potentially contaminated, the animals are renowned for their bad tempers and willingness to confront humans.
Hundreds more boars have been captured since the program began and population control efforts are expected to continue well after residents return.
"It is not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars, "noted mayor Tamotsu Baba in Reuters".
Teams of hunters have been hired to reduce the excess numbers, and have discussed using specialized traps and drones to make things work, but it's now unclear if that will do shit to make people want to return to their homes.
After people left the city and towns around Fukushima the boars came down from the hills and mountainside. The Washington Post reported a year ago on the animals, noting that scientists have found no evidence that the boars have any ill effects from radioactivity in their systems. The government has given residents the go signal to return, despite warnings about still-high radiation levels.
'If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable'.
A wild boar caught in a trap.
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"It's important to set up an environment that will make it tough for the boars to live in", an official told the Yomiuri Shimbun.
According to Reuters, only half of Namie's former 21,500 residents are planning to return, saying they're anxious about radiation and the condition of the nuclear plant.
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.
The wild pigs have been "foraging on radioactive waste" and engorging themselves, with little competition, on toxic plants contaminated with radioisotopes let loose during the meltdowns, prompting a government ban on eating the creatures.
'They found a place that was comfortable.
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.