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Deer overpopulation troubles municipalities / Efforts to restrict symbol of tourism prove difficult

Deer overpopulation troubles municipalities / Efforts to restrict symbol of tourism prove difficult, The Japan News, Feb 22, 2017 Municipalities that have been protecting deer populations as a tourism resource or natural asset are now increasingly struggling with how to manage overpopulation of the animals. The deer population in Nara Park in the city of Nara has increased to 1,200 from about 500 in 1957, when they were designated as a national natural asset.

Since the population surge, damage to local crops caused by deer feeding has escalated. At the UNESCO World Heritage site Kasugayama Primeval Forest, located near Nara Park, deer eat the buds of young trees, preventing their growth into adult trees.To address the situation, the Nara prefectural government decided to divide the city into four areas and create an area where deer hunting will be allowed from April.