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Hokkaido squirrel

Hokkaido squirrels look adorable when they are stuffing their mouths with nuts. They live in holes in trees or bowl-shaped nests made of branches. They do not hibernate in winter and eat acorns and walnuts stored in autumn. They are active at dawn and cannot be seen often during the daytime.

Piping Hare

Piping hare Hokkaido is the only place in Japan where piping hares distribute. Their main habitats are in the high mountains of the Taisetsu range. The piping hare has a body length of slightly less than 20 cm. Also called a "mouse hare," it squeaks like a mouse. It also looks like a mouse, but it is actually a lagomorph that migrated from the continent in the ice age.

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Ezo deer

1. Ezo Deer The Ezo deer (a subspecies of Sika deer, Cervus Nippon, which can be found throughout Japan) populates every region of Hokkaido with its main habitat in the eastern areas (Tokachi, Kushiro, Nemuro, and Abashiri). Males grow to be 90-190 cm tall and weigh 50-130 kg, while females grow to be 90-150 cm and 25-80 kg. Its summer coat is a light brown and its winter coat a dark gray-brown. The Ezo deer remain secluded in the forests during the day but often go out onto the grassy plains at night to feed. 2. Population At one point, due to heavy snows and over-hunting in the early Meiji era (1867-1912), Ezo deer were near to extinction. Institution of protection policies and the resultant improved conditions of their habitats led to a dramatically resurgence of the population and range of distribution. Estimated Population of Ezo Deer in Eastern Hokkaido 1993 Approximately 120,000 2000 Approximately 200,000 3. Accidents Involving Ezo Deer Traffic accidents - Nemuro administrative

Red-Crowned Crane

The Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis), also called the Japanese Crane or Manchurian Crane, is a large crane and is the second rarest crane in the world. (simplified Chinese: 丹顶鹤; traditional Chinese: 丹頂鶴; Hanyu Pinyin: Dāndǐng Hè; Japanese: 丹頂 or タンチョウ, tancho; the Chinese character '丹' means 'red', '頂/顶' means 'crown' and '鶴/鹤' means 'crane'). In East Asia, it is known as a symbol of luck, longevity and fidelity. At 140 cm (55 inches) high, the crane does not make easy prey, for all that it stands out in its natural habitat of marshes and swamps. When it matures, the Red-crowned Crane is snow white with a patch of red skin on its head. This patch of skin becomes bright red when the crane becomes angry or excited. This species is the heaviest crane, typically 7.7-10 kg (17-22 lb)[1], although large Sarus Cranes are taller.[2] The maximum weight a male Red-crowned Crane is known to attain would be 15 kg (33 lbs.)[3] Closeup of the crane

Premium tuna fetches $100,000 in Tokyo auction

Premium tuna fetches $100,000 in Tokyo auction By MARI YAMAGUCHI, Associated Press Writer Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press Writer Mon Jan 5, 8:13 am ET TOKYO – Two sushi bar owners paid more than $100,000 for a Japanese bluefin tuna at a Tokyo fish auction Monday, several times the average price and the highest in nearly a decade, market officials said. The 282-pound (128-kilogram) premium tuna caught off the northern coast of Oma fetched 9.63 million yen ($104,700), the highest since 2001, when another Japanese bluefin tuna brought an all-time record of 20 million yen, market official Takashi Yoshida said. Yoshida said the extravagant purchase — about $370 per pound ($817 per kilogram) — went to a Hong Kong sushi bar owner and his Japanese competitor who reached a peaceful settlement to share the big fish. The Hong Kong buyer also paid the highest price at last year's new year event at Tokyo's Tsukiji market, the world's largest fish seller, which holds near-daily auctions