>> The ongoing scourge of Japan's Fukushima prefecture radiation now roaming the disaster hit area on four legs. Hundreds of radioactive wild boars moved into deserted towns after the nuclear crisis. Now, they scour the empty streets and overgrown backyards of Namie Town for food. An unexpected nuisance for those trying to return home six years after the meltdown.
Namie and another town, Tomioka, both located within the 20 kilometer exclusion zone from the Fukushima plant, and both are set to partially reopen for displaced people towards the end of the month. But these boars have been known to attack people. Local authorities are hiring teams of hunters to clear out the uninvited guests.
> After people left, their ecosystem changed. They began coming down from the mountains and now they aren't going back. They found plenty of food and no one will come after them, this is their new home now.>> They say since last April they've caught 300 animals just in Tomioka.
The boars have been destroying local farms and eating plants contaminated with radiation. Some tested by the government showed levels of radioactive material 130 times above Japan's safety standards. Five towns in Fukushima have partially reopened so far since the disaster. But three weeks before the evacuation order is set to be lifted here in Tomioka, the average radiation level is still well above Japan's goal.
Homes are still damaged or abandoned, and the streets are littered with bags of radioactive waste.