The number of people injured by wild deer at Nara Park, a major tourist attraction in the city of Nara, has hit a record high of 200 in the current fiscal year, with non-Japanese, many of them tourists, accounting for some 80 percent of those wounded, the Nara Prefectural Government said Tuesday.
The number of those injured has quadrupled over the five years to fiscal 2018.
The more than 1,000 deer that roam the park are designated as national treasures, and visitors can feed them with special crackers. Many of the injuries are believed to have occurred when tourists tried to take photos of themselves feeding the animals, often while teasing them — such as by holding the crackers out of reach. While injuries among non-Japanese continued to rise, those among Japanese have held steady.