Hunters having trouble with the lack of burial ground for wild boars in Miyagi and Fukushima.

May 10, 2014
Hunters having trouble with the lack of burial ground for wild boars in Miyagi and Fukushima.


The hunters who exterminate wild boar in Miyagi and Fukushima are in trouble.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries takes nationwide agriculture damage seriously, and the number of boars captured has suddenly increased.
But due to influence from the accident at Fukushima No.1 Nuclear Power Plant, both prefectures are still subject to shipment restrictions.
Furthermore, burial land is limited.
People involved express concern that if the capture and disposal procedures aren't handled with well thought out regulations, the villages will be overrun by wild boars.

“Wild boars increase, multiplying like rabbits every year. In this situation, disposal can't keep up with capture”, farmer Kenichi Saito (66), a leader in harmful bird and mammal control, sighed.
Saito captured 56 wild boars in 6 months leading to March.
This is double the norm.
Before the nuclear accident, a processing plant in the town accepted all of them. But since radioactive cesium beyond the 100-becquerel-per-Kg national limit was detected, the shipment was restricted, and finally the processing plant closed. 

After home consumption, everything remaining is disposed of.But for burial disposal, they need to find the land by themselves.Burning is most practical for sanitation, but it is necessary to dismantle the boar, which is 40-100 kilos, and to carry it by oneself.It takes time.There is only one incinerator plant in the neighboring city.Saito said "I bury them in my backyard. But the animals dig them up, and this breeds flies."Some people just don’t have more land for burial.

Due to this background of increasing capture numbers, a measure was formed in 2012 by the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
This measure was made to decrease the damage to agriculture, subsidize the expense of capture, and urge capture of 300,000 wild animals.
In 2013 in Miyagi prefecture, they exterminated 3,500 wild boars, which are 60 percent more than the previous year, and in Fukushima, they exterminated 6,000 wild boars, which is 50 percent more than the previous year.
Neither prefecture can ship it as meat for consumption.
This damage amounts to about 68,400,000 yen (19,100,000 yen up) in Fukushima.
Even so, the environmental and agricultural conservation section of Fukushima prefecture emphasizes that they can’t stop capturing them.
The Miyagi prefecture farm and gardening environment section said that they are asking the local governments to secure burial sites, but it is also necessary to consider maintenance of the facilities.


They're having trouble finding burial sites because of the increasing number of exterminated wild boars.
It is easy to find a solution other than killing wild boar, which multiply like rabbits.
That can be avoided with population control by sterilization.
It is silly to use a large amount of tax.
How long will they repeat the same blunders?





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