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Nature The Japanese brown and black bear thread


OH CRAP ! Now we're going to be on YouTube.
Some Japanese municipalities have resorted to installing "Monster Wolf", a "wildlife repellent device".

This solar-powered device sells for JPY 605,000 and is effective against bears, boars, deer, and monkeys. According to the website, the device can also be rented monthly. The frequency of the flashes and the sounds can be altered so that wildlife does not get used to them too fast.

I need one of these for the deer that keep eating our hostas and lillies. Plus it has bonus feature that you can set up to scare the bejesus out of little ones during Halloween.
It has few rewards of the hunter to become the problem by the extermination of the bear.

By the problem that it was said that a hunting club did not participate in the extermination of the bear by the reason of a reward being low in Naie-cho, Hokkaido, the Governor Suzuki showed a thought to request a bailout to the country.
The Naie section of the Hokkaido hunting club Sunakawa Branch introduces that lack and the reward of the hunter do not participate in the extermination or the patrol of the bear as insufficiency into Naie-cho. The municipalities and a hunting club discuss the amount of reward individually and decide it, and "the difference of the reward" occurs by the municipalities.
Governor Naomichi Suzuki: About "setting of the appropriate unit price on being dispatched, I want to request it in the country while doing handing down about the local fact while cooperating with the municipalities".
The Governor Suzuki shows a thought to demand support for the securing of staff and resources for the extermination of the bear of the country by a regular news conference of 24th.
Japan wants to make it easier to shoot the animals in residential areas, but hunters say it is too risky.

Under the current laws, licensed hunters can fire their guns only after the approval of a police officer. The government plans to revise the law at its next parliamentary session to allow hunters to use weapons more freely. Hunters will be allowed to shoot if there is a risk of human injury, such as when a bear enters a building. But hunters are wary. Satoshi Saito, the executive director of the Hokkaido Hunters' Association, mentioned that encountering a bear can be frightening and dangerous. He noted that there is no guarantee of killing a bear by shooting it, as missing the vital point could result in the bear running away and potentially attacking others. He also questioned who would be held responsible if the bear subsequently attacked someone.

Hokkaido has come to exemplify Japan's growing bear problem. The country's northernmost major island is sparsely populated - but its bear population has more than doubled since 1990, according to government data. It now has around 12,000 brown bears, which are known to be more aggressive than black bears, of which there are around 10,000 in Japan by experts' estimates. Local governments have tried different strategies to keep bears away. Some have turned to odd guardians - robot wolves, complete with red eyes and spooky howls, while elsewhere in the country they are testing an artificial intelligence warning system. The town of Naie in Hokkaido has been trying to hire hunters for 10,300 yen ($64; £50) a day to patrol the streets, lay traps and kill the animals if necessary. But there are few takers - it's a high-risk job, the pay is not attractive enough and many of the hunters are elderly. "It is not worth the trouble because confronting a bear will put our lives on the line," a 72-year-old hunter from the area told The Asahi Shimbun newspaper, likening an encounter with a brown bear to "fighting a US military commando".

Bear sightings and incidents typically occur in April when bears emerge from hibernation to find food and again in September and October as they prepare for winter by storing fat. However, their movements have become less predictable due to declining acorn yields, their primary food source, which is affected by climate change.

Mr. Tanaka mentioned that the amendment to the law is necessary but only a temporary solution for emergencies. He emphasized that capturing and killing bears is not a sustainable approach. Instead, the government should focus on protecting bear habitats to prevent them from straying too far.

In the long term, Mr. Tanaka suggested that national policies improve forest environments to enhance biodiversity. He also pointed out the need for clear responsibility regarding bears entering residential areas, whether local officials or hunters should manage it. Ideally, he noted, there should be trained government hunters to handle such emergencies, but currently, no such positions exist in Japan.

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