Toxic wild boars are stalking Fukushima residents

  • Toxic wild boars are stalking Fukushima residents

Toxic wild boars are stalking Fukushima residents

According to local reports, officials are having trouble getting the boars to leave these towns, and the evacuation orders are set to be lifted in late March.

A 15m tsunami caused by the magnitude nine natural disaster that struck off the coast of Japan on 11 March 2011 disabled the station's power supply and coolers, causing all three nuclear reactors to go into meltdown.

Sakamoto said: 'Wild boars in this town are not scared of people these days'.

"My heart aches deeply when thinking about the health of the elderly" and "feelings of evacuees from high-radiation dose areas where the prospects of returning to their own homes are still dim", he said.

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.

Anxious that these contaminated boars may attack returning residents, city officials have begun clearing them out by using hunters, The New York Times reports. It's speculated that animals moved there because there's less of a chance humans will hunt them or ruin their habitat. But even if the entire boar population is defeated, residents still aren't itching to return back to their homes.

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. "They found a place that was comfortable". The Washington Post reported past year on the animals, noting that scientists have found no evidence that the boars have any ill effects from radioactivity in their systems. In the nearby town of Tomioka, which is also overrun by wild boars, radiation levels are at about 1.48 microsieverts an hour, which is almost 30 times higher than what's experienced in downtown Tokyo.

One scared former seed merchant, Hidezo Sato, declared: 'Something must be done'. "There was plenty of food and no one to come after them". According to Baba, the need to eliminate the boars is urgent: "If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable".