Radioactive Wild Rabbit At 560 Becquerels/Kg In Yamagata Prefecture

#Radioactive Wild Rabbit in Yamagata Prefecture (EX-SKF, Mar 15, 2012):

A wild rabbit caught in Yonezawa City in Yamagata Prefecture was found with 560 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium, exceeding the national provisional limit of 500 becquerels/kg (until April 1).

City officials think the rabbit migrated from Fukushima Prefecture.

From Yomiuri Shinbun medical section (3/15/2012):

野ウサギ 規制超すセシウム…山形 野生動物からは県内初

A wild rabbit found with cesium exceeding the safety limit in Yamagata, the first in the prefecture in wild animals

山形県は14日、米沢市で捕獲された野ウサギから、国の暫定規制値(1キロ・グラム当たり500ベクレル)を超える1キロ・グラム当たり560ベクレルの 放射性セシウムが検出されたと発表した。県内の野性動物から基準を超える放射性物質が検出されたのは初めて。県は、県内各地の猟友会などに対し、当分の 間、野ウサギを食べることを自粛するよう通知した。

Yamagata Prefecture announced on March 14 that 560 becquerels/kg of radioactive cesium was found in a wild rabbit caught in Yonezawa City. This is the first time that radioactive materials exceeding the safety limit (500 becquerels/kg) were found in wild animals in the prefecture. The prefectural government has notified the hunters’ associations in the prefecture to voluntarily refrain from eating the meat of wild rabbits until further notice.


According to the prefectural government, the wild rabbit was caught near the border of Fukushima Prefecture on March 11, and the government conducted the test for radioactive materials. The officials explains that it is possible that the rabbit migrated from Fukushima Prefecture.


The prefectural government has conducted the tests for radioactive materials since last fall on 25 wild animals including pheasants and Japanese bears, but the density of radioactive cesium has been below the national provisional limit.

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