Town resorted Japanese To the use of robotic wolves in an attempt to scare away bears that have become an increasingly dangerous nuisance in the countryside.
The town (Takikawa), located on the island of Hokkaido in the far north of Japan, purchased and installed two Monster Wolf robots after bears were found in the neighborhoods in September.
City officials said there had been no confrontations with bears since the use of robotic wolves.
Japan Broadcasting Corporation reported NHK Bear sightings in Japan have reached their highest level in five years and are mostly occurring in rural areas of western and northern Japan.
There have been dozens of attacks so far in 2020, two of which have killed, prompting the government to hold an emergency meeting last month to counter the threat.
The Monster Wolf includes four legs, a disheveled body, and glowing red eyes.
The robotic wolf is about one meter high, and when a wild animal like a bear approaches, it senses the infrared sensor and sends a loud sound, moves its head and flashes its eyes with a red light.
In addition to the wolf’s voice, there are about 60 types of sounds, such as: people’s voices and bullets, so that bears do not get used to the device.
And the manufacturer sold the robotic wolf, Ohta Seiki. Ohta Seiki, About 70 units since 2018.
We want to let bears know that human settlements are not where they live, and I hope this helps create an environment where people and bears can coexist, ”said (Yuji Ota), Ohta Seiki, president of the company.
Takeakawa city officials explained that the bears become more active and dangerous as they search for food before going into hibernation in late November.
The bears’ recent attacks were likely due to a lack of nuts in the Japanese wild, according to environmental protection.
Bears rely on nuts as part of their diet before hibernation, and bears are approaching cities to search for food in the absence of high-calorie nuts.
Deforestation and growing cities have reduced the barrier between bear and human homes, leading to more direct contact and attacks.