Monster Wolf Robot Bears
Photo credit: NHK
“Monster Wolf” might look like a Halloween decoration or animatronic you see at a theme park, but it’s actually a clever robot employed by a Japanese town to scare off bears. More specifically, the town of Takikawa, on the northern island of Hokkaido, installed two of these robots after bears were found roaming neighborhoods back in September. How does it work? Well, when it detects motion, the robot starts moving its head, flashes lights and emits multiple sounds ranging, including howling as well as machinery noises. Read more for a video and additional information.

Officials from Takikawa city observed that bears have become more active and dangerous recently as they search for food before going into hibernation in late November for the winter. This year has experienced a decrease of acorns and nuts in the wild, thus causing the animals to roam closer to towns in search of food.

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