You know them best as crop-destroying, disease-carrying nuisance animals, but luckily that’s the extent of the dangers that wild boar possess in America.

In Japan, however, hundreds of toxic, radioactive wild boar have been rummaging across northern Japan, where the Fukushima nuclear power plant disaster occurred in 2011. The meltdown of the nuclear plant forced thousands of residents to abandon their homes and leave their pets and livestock behind.

Today, as Japan prepares to lift some evacuation orders on four of the effected towns, officials keep running into and have been struggling to eradicate the contaminated wild boar.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: How are authorities supposed to go about eliminating a bunch of radioactive zombie hogs? According to The New York Times, local authorities in towns near Fukushima have turned to teams of hunters to help cull the radioactive pigs.

Tests conducted by the Japanese government show some of the wilds boar have levels of radioactive element cesium-137 that are 300 times higher than safety standards . . .  we love to hunt as much as the next guy, but we draw a line at pursuing any game that has the term “radioactive” in its name.

 

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