This ‘edible’ plastic bag alternative could save Nara’s sacred deer

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In Japan the endangered species in need of fresh hunting ground for its own survival

This ‘edible’ plastic bag alternative could save Nara’s sacred deer

A plastic bag dispenser that resembles a deer’s mane has been set up for years in a nature reserve in the city of Nara to attract hunters.

The deer are protected and protected from the fishing ban in waters near the Hyusen dam, where the bag dispenser is located.

Every winter, hunters come to find food for their animals.

Nara Town Jirigashira. Photograph: Handout

“Nara is located in the mountain range of Goto, and with a forest that’s 25,000 sq km it’s hard to hunt for food in a small area,” a park official said.

“The bag dispenser is a clever way to provide hunters with many options when they hunt for deer,” the official said.

Japanese, whose population is shrinking and whose forests are becoming increasingly scarce, spend up to half a billion yen ($4.8m) a year on food for deer in its towns.

Local hunters mainly use clay pots for their deer meals, but now Nara Town Jirigashira offers to serve a range of edible edibles with plastic bags made from local seaweed.

Tokyo’s protective barriers cost hundreds of millions of dollars every year. Photograph: Tokyo Metropolitan Government/Getty Images

Fishermen have turned to plastic bags in Japan for various reasons in recent years.

In January 2015, a fishing boat capsized off the Pacific island of Iruka, killing 28 out of 31 people on board.

Police believe it was an accident caused by fishing equipment knocked out of use by the harsh winter conditions on the island.

In 2011, the alligator, a bloodthirsty reptile native to the southern US state of Louisiana, was discovered to have eaten a baby whale in Japan.

While tourists flock to the Nara area every January to celebrate the start of the deer hunting season, the rare natural phenomenon known as calendula monstro has never occurred there, although it has in other parts of Japan.

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