Japanese Town Uses Robot Wolf To Scare Away Bears Officials in the Japanese town of Takikawa saw bears roaming around and were worried about an attack. So they used a fur covered wolf scarecrow that howls when it detects motion to scare them away.
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Japanese Town Uses Robot Wolf To Scare Away Bears

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Japanese Town Uses Robot Wolf To Scare Away Bears

Japanese Town Uses Robot Wolf To Scare Away Bears

Japanese Town Uses Robot Wolf To Scare Away Bears

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Officials in the Japanese town of Takikawa saw bears roaming around and were worried about an attack. So they used a fur covered wolf scarecrow that howls when it detects motion to scare them away.

NOEL KING, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Noel King. Officials in the Japanese town of Takikawa saw bears roaming around, and they were worried about an attack. So their solution?

(SOUNDBITE OF ROBOT SCREECHING)

KING: That is the Monster Wolf. It's a fur-covered scarecrow with a wolf head. When it senses movement, its red eyes flash. And it starts screeching and howling. So far, it's been working. Officials say no bear sightings have been reported since. It's MORNING EDITION.

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