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The Tokyo Metropolitan Government will begin thinning out wild goats on four uninhabited small islands in the Ogasawara chain, about 1,000 km south of Tokyo, to preserve vegetation, coral and bird life, officials said June 23.

Some 1,240 goats living on Nakodo, Muko, Nishi and Yome islands are causing damage to the previously verdant land. Erosion is resulting in red soil that then flows into the water, destroying rich coral around the tropical islands, the officials said.

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