The Fukushima accident 9 years later: locals fight off flocks of wild monkeys

The Fukushima accident 9 years later

Nine years after the nuclear reactor accident at the Fukushima-1, wildlife began its recovery process. But it turned out to be so problematic that people have to look for unexpected ways to co-exist with the animals. The researchers report that more recently, desert areas that became so after the explosion are being revived. Today there are populations of macaques, wild boars and other animals.

They made cities abandoned by hundreds of thousands of inhabitants their home. The Japanese authorities canceled the evacuation orders, and now the population is returning to their former homes.


But they were taken. Huge flocks of monkeys have become a serious problem for humans. To delimit the zones of the co-existence, the authorities subsidized a huge number of fireworks. The townspeople organize patrols and launch firecrackers into the air whenever they see monkeys.

The animals are tempted to abandoned gardens in the cities where they find themselves nourished from fruits growing on trees that have not been looked after for many years. The residents themselves are extremely upset by the circumstances.

They believe that they would never harm wild animals. It's not their fault that they ended up in abandoned cities. This is the fault of nuclear power and the people who could not cope with it. In search of a balance between urban life and wildlife, the fireworks are certainly not the best option. Frightened by explosions of firecrackers and bright light, the macaques disappear.


But after a few days they return again, occupying those houses where people are in no hurry to return because of the previously high level of radiation in these territories. Man has not been here for almost nine years, and therefore animals have the right to feel like full-fledged owners.

Both the townspeople and the authorities are looking for new ways that would help to delimit the zones of existence without harming animals.