Wild boars roam radiation-hit Fukushima, but the people are about to return video

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Hundreds of wild boars have descended on Japan's deserted seaside towns which were vacated after the Fukushima nuclear crisis six years ago.

Beyond radiation risks, an unexpected nuisance looms for Japanese returning to towns vacated after the Fukushima nuclear crisis six years ago - wild boars.

Hundreds of the animals, which have been known to attack people when enraged, descended from surrounding hills and forests into towns left deserted after the 2011 disaster.

Now they roam the empty streets and overgrown backyards of Japan's deserted seaside town of Namie, foraging for food.

A wild boar is seen at a residential area that was evacuated after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown ...
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A wild boar is seen at a residential area that was evacuated after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami caused a meltdown at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

"It is not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars," said Tamotsu Baba, mayor of the town, which has been partially cleared for people to return home freely at the end of the month.

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

Members of Tomioka Town's animal control hunters group take away a wild boar which was killed by a pellet gun in a booby ...
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Members of Tomioka Town's animal control hunters group take away a wild boar which was killed by a pellet gun in a booby trap.

At the end of March, Japan is set to lift evacuation orders for parts of Namie, located just 4km from the wrecked nuclear plant, as well as three other towns.

Residents fled to escape radiation spewed by the Fukushima Daiichi plant, whose reactors went into meltdown after it was struck by an earthquake and tsunami on March 11, 2011.

 

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In the time since the humans left, nature reclaimed the town.
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In the time since the humans left, nature reclaimed the town.

At the end of March, Japan is set to lift evacuation orders for four towns, including parts of Namie, located just 4km ...
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At the end of March, Japan is set to lift evacuation orders for four towns, including parts of Namie, located just 4km from the wrecked nuclear plant.

A wild boar is seen in a booby trap in the evacuation zone.
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A wild boar is seen in a booby trap in the evacuation zone.

 - Reuters

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