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Hundreds of Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents' Plans to Return Home

11 March 2017

One problem: the area has since been overtaken by hundreds of radioactive wild boars!

After a meltdown at the nuclear plant six years ago, thousands of residents were forced out of their towns, which was basically an invitation to wild boars to flood the area looking for food, according to CNBC.

However, Japan has said that areas can be resettled if radiation drops to a level of 20 mSv per year - the same as a nuclear worker's maximum limit, the report said.

The boars have been surviving off of food and plants, which have exposed the animals to radiation levels far higher than considered safe by the government.

Reports state that teams of hunters have been dispatched to cull the boars from the towns of Namie and Tomioka.

Boars tested by the government showed levels of radioactive material 130 times above Japan's safety standards.

Now those returning to the town of Namie are anxious about the nuclear-infected pigs, which have been know to attack humans, according to media reports.

Since 2014, the number of boars killed has grown from 3,000 to 13,000.

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However, not all residents will be returning.

Despite concerns over radiation that leaked from the nuclear power plant following the quake and tsunami, and amid questions about the plant's safety (it is being decommissioned), a government survey found that more than half of the 21,500 former residents of Namie plan to return, according to Reuters.

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Yuko Yoneda, Executive Director of Greenpeace Japan, said: "In a bid to prop up the nuclear industry, the Abe government is trying to create a false reality that the disaster can be cleaned up and life in Fukushima can return to normal".

"Many may be forced to return to contaminated communities against their wishes because they can not afford to stay where they are now living".

"This is economic coercion, not a choice freely made", the report continued.

But one way or another, officials are determined to eradicate the radioactive boars.

Hundreds of Radioactive Boars in Fukushima Thwart Residents' Plans to Return Home