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Japan to Permit Rifle Use in Residential Areas for Bear Hunt

Japan to Permit Rifle Use in Residential Areas for Bear Hunt

   Tokyo, July 8 (Jiji Press)--An expert panel of Japan's Environment Ministry on Monday approved the idea of allowing the use of rifles to hunt bears under some conditions in residential areas.
   The ministry aims to revise in a next parliamentary session the wildlife protection and hunting law, which bans in principle shooting rifles in densely populated residential areas in order to protect the safety of residents.
   Specifically, hunters will be allowed to fire rifles even in such areas if there is a risk of human injury or a bear has entered a building or has been captured in a trap.
   Currently, hunters belonging to regional hunting associations can use rifles in residential areas only if a police officer judges the situation to be urgent and issues an order.
   As bears appearing in urban areas have increased, there have been many injuries of residents and local government officials who tried to catch bears. There are calls for permission to hunt bears without waiting for an order from police.

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