Ishikawa Prefecture is on high alert for bear attacks for the first time in ten years.
Faced with the proliferation of bear attacks in populated areas in Japan, animal rights activists are calling for a plan to improve their natural habitat. Experts attribute the phenomenon to the lack of acorns in mountainous regions. To find this food necessary for their weight gain before hibernation, ursids approach cities, explains The Guardian.
In addition to the situation, the rural exodus and the abandonment of the cultivation areas that it has caused. This new configuration made the separation between villages and forest areas much less obvious to animals. This is why experts predict an increase in the number of attacks if no action is taken. Eleven residents of Ishikawa Prefecture have been injured by bears since the start of the year.
Two black bears shot in two weeks
This is a record since these attacks were taken into account in 2005. In two weeks, two black bears were killed in the region. One had approached a shopping center. The other injured four people and attacked a police car. This coastal region has gone on high alert for bear attacks for the first time in ten years.
Environmentalists are also worried about seeing the image of the animal deteriorate with the population. Yuko Murotani, president of the Japanese Bears and Forests Society, recalled that in the current situation, the ursids “will inevitably seek [les glands] in inhabited places. […] They are not naturally inclined to attack humans ”. Japan is believed to be home to a population of 15,000 to 20,000 Asian black bears, a species classified as “vulnerable” by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.