Recently the NHK News On-line reported the following:
In Nara Park, the number of tourists who had been bitten by a deer and got injured was known; this year already there were over 160 cases and became the highest on record. The cases that stood out were about foreigner tourists being bitten when giving rice crackers to a deer, and in Nara prefecture measures such as putting up posters in foreign language to draw attention were taken.
According to a summary on Nara prefecture, the reports about tourists who visited Nara Park and got bitten by a deer, or knocked down and got injured in this fiscal year had already reached 164 cases as at late last month, and it was an increase of 46 cases compared with the previous fiscal year and was the highest on record.
Among the injured people 79% were foreigners, and among them 83% were Chinese and they were in the majority. Regarding the injury, all were slight ones. It was said that the cases that stood out were the tourists, in order to lure the deer into a photo, tried to feed them with rice crackers which was the latter’s favorite, but because they kept them waiting for a quite a time before doing the feeding they had angered the deer.
Foreigner tourists who visited Nara prefecture were increasing rapidly. For the prefecture, in addition to delivering a collection of easily understood animation which could be watched from the smart phone to show the aspects where attention were need when touching the deer, from now the Nara Park would take measures so that posters in foreign language aiming at drawing attention would be put up at stores which rice crackers were sold.
So, in order to avoid injury, Chinese tourists should be more careful when feeding the deer in Nara Park.