• Hokkaido Shimbun

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Last year, when the Hokkaido Prefectural Government asked municipalities for their views on compiling a plan to manage brown bears, many local governments called for the need to clarify the role of police in cases when brown bears are spotted in urban areas.

Such feedback reflects a sense of crisis among municipalities that if the current situation is left as is, without any effective measures being taken, it could lead to people getting harmed.

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