Researchers from Kyushu University have modified a wild boar trap by using a smartphone to remotely catch the animal. Wild boars have been increasing, in presence and activity, among agricultural areas causing damage to crops while costing farmers their harvests and sales. The decreased number of hunters is also credited for the increased wild boar activities.
The new trap developed is installed with a camera that is connected to a smartphone. Once an animal enters the trap, a notification will be sent allowing a user to see the wild boar or any animal that entered the trap, which is 2 x 1.5 metres in size. If confirmed to be a wild animal, the iron-made trap can be closed remotely using the smartphone.
The 4-year project was initiated by Professor Atsushi Marui while he was still at the Kyushu University. The 36-year old professor left the university this March and is now an associate professor at the Hirosaki University in Aomori Prefecture. Marui collaborated with Masaaki Murakami, a veteran hunter from Nakagawa in Fukuoka Prefecture. Both have also applied for their invention’s patent, which will be under the research team of Kyushu University and Murakami, who has more than 40 years of hunting experience.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Ministry said that since 2009, wild boars and other wild animals have caused more than 20 billion yen (approx. $204 million) of damage. Marui hopes that using their developed trap may also help “change the current situation, where everyone relies on hunters.” The new wild boar traps will be sold in limited stores in Fukuoka early next year. They are also considering to make adjustments on the trap size so other wild animals may also be caught.
[via Japan Times]
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