Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Japanese Badger Cull Goes Off the Rails

Responding to farmer demands, the government of Japan's Kagoshima Prefecture greenlighted a badger cull with bounties, and the thing went off the rails, decimating the local population by 70 percent.

The population of Japanese Badgers (Meles anakuma) will recover in time, but it's a warning that bounties and cash incentives can work a little too well, and that all wildlife populations need to be scientifically managed. Badgers are found in 46 prefectures in Japan.

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