Numlock News: August 29, 2019 • Wolves, Vodk…

By Walt Hickey Good morning! The back-to-school sale for paid subscriptions to Numlock continues, with 30% off for your first 12 months. Japan Hokkaido in Japan is home to 600,000 deer, which lead to 2,000 car accidents per year, consume up to five pounds of plant matter per day, and damage all sorts of crops. A 2015 estimate of the damage to Japan’s forests from wildlife said 77 percent was attributable to deer, resulting in $53 million worth of damage. The population has simply exploded. Part of that is due to the extinction of the Ezo wolf in 1889 and the Honshu wolf in 1905. Japan is now considering my personal single favorite type of policy intervention, specifically, “hear me out what if we reintroduced wolves.”

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