Call to arms: Hunters dwindle as animal numbers explode

Jan 31, 2015

Call to arms: Hunters dwindle as animal numbers explode

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Asians who crossed land bridges into today's Ryukyu Islands more than 30,000 years ago encountered plenty of game. In addition to deer and boar, they hunted elephant and steppe bison until the larger mammals were hunted to extinction in Japan about 17,000 years ago. Meanwhile, ...

High rate of Hepatitis E in Chugoku boars

Jul 9, 2014

High rate of Hepatitis E in Chugoku boars

Researchers from the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry have identified a high prevalence of hepatitis E in the Chugoku area's population of wild boars, the ministry said on Wednesday. A group of researchers monitoring wild animals captured in various areas across Japan discovered that over ...

May 1, 2014

Wild animal population control

Deer and wild boar are having such a serious impact on Japan's agriculture and ecosystems that the government is proposing to control their rapidly expanding populations by hunting and other means.

Boar rampage leaves eight hurt in Hyogo town

Apr 6, 2013

Boar rampage leaves eight hurt in Hyogo town

A large wild boar went on a rampage Thursday in Taishi, Hyogo Prefecture, leaving eight people, mostly senior citizens, injured. A 62-year-old woman was severely injured after being bit by the animal in her leg and stomach, while a schoolgirl, 13, and six residents in ...