With Japan soon to re-open residential areas that had been evacuated due to the Fukushima disaster, officials are faced with a daunting task: eradicating radioactive boars that have taken over the towns.
After the region was declared an exclusionary zone for Japanese residents following the devastating events of 2011, the monstrous swine made themselves at home in the abandoned neighborhoods.
Largely dismissed as a fanciful tale or an urban legend, the radioactive boar invasion is all too real as seen in a series of photographs which document the presence of the invasive toxic animals for the first time.
Officials attempting to clear the creatures from the area have found it to be a daunting task with one mayor musing to the media, "it's not really clear now which is the master of the town, people or wild boars."
And with displaced residents set to return to their former homes later this month, the challenge of co-existing with the radioactive creatures is a serious concern.
Hopefully the arrival of humans will cause the radioactive boar to seek shelter somewhere else, because otherwise, the mayor warns, things could get ugly.
"If we don't get rid of them and turn this into a human-led town, the situation will get even wilder and uninhabitable," he said.
The one silver lining for the beleaguered mayor may be that his future constituents are already pretty brave just for moving back to the worrisome region and, thus, a few radioactive boars may actually qualify as merely a nuisance.