Monday, September 20, 2021

Japan deploys thermal imaging drones to track dangerous bears

Must read

- Advertisement -

Japanese authorities said they have deployed drones equipped with thermal imaging cameras to track bears after a series of dangerous encounters with humans, local media said on Tuesday.

Local citizen groups and the fire department in Japan’s Ishikawa province are using the drones to spot bears, newspaper Nihon Keizai Shimbun reported.

Thermal imaging helps find bears in the dark and in tall grass, the report said. When a bear is spotted, the animal is then chased away with fireworks, it said.

The drones were deployed in Ishikawa after a series of bear attacks on humans.

READ ALSO:   Tokyo Olympics chief set to quit over sexist remarks in another blow to the Games

Bears are also becoming a nuisance elsewhere in Japan. In the northern province of Niigata, an elderly woman was recently killed by a bear while working on her farm.

READ ALSO:   Scandal-tainted Japanese Olympic president Takeda to step down

Experts say bears are more likely to approach human settlements before hibernating if they cannot find enough food in the mountain forests.

Shrinking rural populations due to Japan’s demographic changes also play a role in pushing bears to seek sustenance in urban environments.


- Advertisement -

More articles


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here
READ ALSO:   New COVID-19 hybrid comprising Indian, British strains detected in Vietnam

- Advertisement -

Latest article

- Advertisement -