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'Barking deer' in Japan causing havoc for human population

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700 to 900 million yen per year to cull some deer?? I think a special audit examining exactly how this money is being used needs to take place.

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However Crickets Chirping it's just fine

You have probably never heard the cicadas in Okinawa in summer! Sometimes they get so loud that classes have to stop because the students can't hear the teachers!

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There is money to be made here. Culling these animals, and putting the venison out there for sale at a reasonable and affordable price, would bring them down to nothing!

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Culling these animals, and putting the venison out there for sale at a reasonable and affordable price, would bring them down to nothing!

I'd be the first in line to buy venison at affordable prices!

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Would the average Japanese eat Venison, I don’t know if it is popular in Japan?

Japanese will eat it, if it is marketed right! Hell they eat whale meat, and to most people that I know, it's not that great! Venison would be better, by far!

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Better barking deer than "barking" politicians!

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Used to hunt these in UK. Muntjac venison is excellent.

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Hunt them and eat them. Win win.

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But panel members were cautious, saying the objective of preserving the ecosystem should not be downplayed.

Preserving the ecosystem is a strong reason to aggressively eliminate them. Native deer are bad enough, huge damage to agriculture due to overpopulation, but these aren't even native.

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Venison, yum yum!

Would the average Japanese eat Venison, I don’t know if it is popular in Japan?

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So here is what the barking deer sounds like - https://youtu.be/kQB0vO4aE6w?si=BV74XuyUFmlSlCgm

That's pretty bad. Maybe not as bad as a kookaburra at 5:00 am but pretty bad.

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Make them pay deerly: Anyone for venison?

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Like the case of Izu Oshima, the issue in Chiba reportedly originated from an escape from a leisure facility -- in the 1980s.

Human's never seem to learn. A shoddy fence is now costing 900 million yen a year.

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I wonder why they never take advantage of the internet here to link to something like this so we can understand what they are talking about... So here is what the barking deer sounds like - https://youtu.be/kQB0vO4aE6w?si=BV74XuyUFmlSlCgm

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Invasive species. Bring out your guns. What native Japanese species do these deer compete against? Are they in danger of being wiped out?

On one week each month, infrared camera-equipped drones detect the heat source of muntjacs hidden in grassy areas from above and inform hunters of their whereabouts.

Seems like a good partnership. Perhaps Taiwan would like to help? What is their feeling about these deer? Do they want more or just the food?

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Sidney Island, near where I live in Victoria, BC, has a similar deer problem, and they're being totally culled over the next year or so because of the damage they wreak on that island's ecosystem. They can even be hunted from helicopters, and the venison will be consumed by indigenous and non-indigenous people. Venison is good; one of my favourite meats, but rare in grocery stores or butcher shops. I say the more the better.

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"They look cute but have a bark like an old man's," 

If that is actually true, it would be absolutely horrible to listen to.

With the animal treated as an expensive foodstuff in Taiwan, a panel of experts set up by the Tokyo government discussed the prospect of using the culled animals for venison.

They don't even need to export it. Venison is one of the healthiest meats out there and sheer number of deer in general in Japan means that the gov can provide the public with cheap venison through JA or the michi no eki scattered across the country.

It can even be served in school lunches.

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What’s to complain about? Aren’t they edible? Just eat and sell as meat.

Unfortunately that can make the problem even worse, if people see an economical benefit on an invasive species they are more likely to ignore the ecological risks and let the species thrive, that is what the article refers with the part of "But panel members were cautious, saying the objective of preserving the ecosystem should not be downplayed." For good or bad the focus have to be first about eliminating the deer, not promoting the benefits of hunting it.

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The deer aren’t a problem they’re a benefit but Japanese would rather go and buy Ozzie beef

They're a big problem. Graceful and beautiful animals, but the cost to agriculture here is enormous.

Unless Japan can find a way to control their population by making venison and other game viable, reincarnating the Honshu Wolf or stop introducing them to islands where they have no business being then they will continue to drain money.

900 million yen a year on an island the size of a small town because of a stupid zoo and a rubbish fence.

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Part of the problem with selling the venison meat here, are the laws requiring all meat, from animals culled for consumption, to be tested by the proper authorities. It takes time and money.

Used to be a time when folks killed their own goats or other animals for consumption, but now they have to have them tested first, a time consuming and costly process, adding yet another "middle man"

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I fixed the article:

'Noisy Man' in Japan causing havoc for animal population

The so-called Homo Sapiens is an invasive species of homonid originating in Africa. All over Japan and the world, the species has grown significantly in numbers over the millennia and torments local animal communities and fray their nerves with its blaring industrial sounds.

Damage to the ecosystem has been substantial, and it is on the verge of collapse. The species will ultimately eradicate itself.

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indigo

deer originating in China

a new type of discrimination??

No a statement of fact.

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Izu Oshima is a cool island. I wonder how the deer got there? There is a large outdoor zoo, wonder if they escaped?

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What’s to complain about? Aren’t they edible? Just eat and sell as meat.

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Don't recall seeing any when I lived on the Boso peninsula.

Do remember the escaped tiger,though!

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I have venison here when I can get it and buy several kilos at a time.

The deer aren’t a problem they’re a benefit but Japanese would rather go and buy Ozzie beef

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deer originating in China

a new type of discrimination??

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We have many Kyon here at our country house in the Boso Peninsula. The neighbours complain about them, the local Council will do nothing about them and our gaijin friend hunts them for venison and it's delicious. The natives don't seem to have the foresight.

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However Crickets Chirping it's just fine

https://metropolisjapan.com/the-screaming-insects-of-summer/

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