Wild boar are a problem across Japan, damaging crops and showing up in populated areas. The boar in Fukushima are also radioactive. This is still a problem in parts of Germany due to fallout from Chernobyl.
Many boar in Fukushima prefecture have encroached on the evacuated towns, others have migrated further, causing concerns that wild boar in nearby prefectures may also be contaminated.
Miyagi prefecture is testing hunted boar for radiation. If the levels are too high they are not allowed for food. Culling or hunting these radioactive boar creates another problem. What to do with the boar carcass. They can’t be buried in mass graves, the radioactivity contained within the animals could leach out into the soil and groundwater.
An incinerator fitted with filter equipment to limit the radioactivity leaving the facility in Soma, Fukushima has been dealing with the boar. Temporary incinerator facilities were put in the area to deal with contaminated disaster debris. This now includes the culled or hunted boar.
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