Why bear attacks are on the rise in Japan
By Abiodun Ogundairo
08 December 2020 | 3:57 pm
In Japan, sightings of wild bears have soared to their highest level in five years, while many northern regions have reported the most in over a decade. This has led to a number of fatal attacks and scores of injuries. We look at the multiple factors behind the increased number of bear sightings.
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