Japanese towns use this robotic wolf to scare off bears, and it’s terrifying

By Vanessa Bates Ramirez

Monday November 2, 2020

(Image: とりちゃん)

Halloween weekend is upon us, and as millions don costumes and visit haunted houses (as if real life wasn’t scary enough right now), several towns in Japan won’t be seeing any evil creatures, real nor in spirit — because they’ve got a terrifying robotic wolf to protect them.

Most recently added to this list is Takikawa, located on Japan’s northernmost island of Hokkaido and home to about 41,300 people. The robot, appropriately dubbed Monster Wolf, was installed to scare off wildlife — mainly bears — to stop them from getting near residential areas.

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