Radioactive Boar Population in Japan Spirals Out of Control

Radioactive Boar Population in Japan Spirals Out of Control

Mother Nature Network

Wild boar population is spiraling out of control in the forested and mountainous areas of Japan, according to Mother Nature Network.

The boars have been eating toxic waste contaminated mushrooms, making the boar harmful to be eaten by humans.

“That wildlife started increasing when humans abandoned the area in 1986 is not earth-shattering news. What’s surprising here was the life was able to increase even in an area that is among the most radioactively contaminated in the world.” stated  radio-ecology expert Tom Hinton.

Wild boar is mostly eaten by the people who live in the more forested areas of Japan. Hunters were able to keep down the population of the boars since they reproduce very quickly. After the 2011 9.0 earthquake and tsunami, there was an accident in a nuclear plant in Japan. People abandoned the plant for their safety. Since then, the wild boars, who normally stayed away from the plant, started to feed on the mushrooms that grew around the abandoned area.

Because the mushrooms and other plants absorbed toxic waste that leaked from the nuclear plant, the boars also absorbed the toxic waste from their food, making them poisonous for humans to eat.

Strangely, the toxic waste seems to have no effect on the boars. Because they are poisonous to eat, hunters ceased to go after them. With no natural predators and human activity, the boars spread rapidly around the forests and mountains.

Hunters culled the animals around the nuclear plant, but is running out of space to bury them. The large grave plots for about 600 boars are starting to reach their maximum capacity, according to independent.co.uk.

“Sooner or later, we’re going to have to ask local people to give us their land to use,” explained boar hunter Tsuneo Saito. “The city doesn’t own land which isn’t occupied by houses.”

One solution was to burn the bodies in a nuclear materialized incinerator. But they can only burn about three bodies a day, due to the cost of the incinerator and the body weighing about 600 pounds according to Mother Nature Network.

For the past five years, the wild boars ate at the agricultural crops and causing about $900,000 of damage on farmland. But on an island off the coast of Japan, non-toxic boars have been ravaging the farms located there. The population ratio for boars and humans is 3:1, and the citizens may soon be forced to move from the island because of continuous poor harvest.

But boars aren’t the only ones who were affected by the accident. Butterflies has also been mutated by the accident. They grew abnormalities such as smaller wings and damaged eyes, according to mothernaturenetwork.com.