In 2011, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake hit Fukushima, Japan. This has caused a nuclear plant in the city to release radioactive substances in the nearby places. The city was abandoned, hence radioactive wild boars had the chance to take over.
Five years after, the number of wild boars drastically increased. Because there are no people residing the area, wild boars made the place their breeding area.
From 3,000 in 2014, the population of wild boars hiked to 13,000 today. These boars are spreading havoc in the area, and the nearby town. In fact, the estimated damage is now worth around $15 million, which includes agricultural and property losses.
Though the wild boars are edible, most of them are contaminated with radioactive materials. Probably because the boars eat radioactive contaminated food, which makes it harmful to human health if consumed.
Officials are now having difficulties separating radioactive boars to the ones that can be eaten. The remains of dead boars are also becoming a problem of the society. Collectors of carcasses say they won't be able to handle more than 600 remains.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, thus some people used incinerators to get rid of the dead boars. However, they still had a hard time chopping the boar bodies into smaller pieces to fit the furnaces.
According to tests conducted to radioactive wild boars, the animals contained radiation levels 300 times more harmful than the safe limit.
Though, there were high numbers of radiation in plants, insects and water within the vicinity of the area where the boars reside, there were no signs of illness to these animals.
It is expected that the radiation levels within the vicinity of the nuclear plant will remain toxic to humans for 30 years.