Wild boars are taking over Japan’s small towns and residents are either too old or too few to scare them away

Rapidly shrinking towns and cities across Japan are experiencing a population explosion, but not of humans – of wild boars.
Across the country, wild boars are moving in as Japan’s ageing population either dies or moves out. The boars come for the untended rice paddies and stay for the abandoned shelters.
“Thirty years ago, crows were the biggest problem around here,” said Hideo Numata, 67, a farmer in Hiraizumi, which has a human population 7,803. “But now we have…