The Japanese government eventually ended up banning the import of #raccoons, but it was too late to reverse the damage. According to a 2004 report, the animals have ruined crops ranging from corn and rice to melons and strawberries. They now are found in 42 of the country's 47 prefectures and are responsible for about $300,000 worth of agricultural damage each year on the island of Hokkaido alone. The animals have made themselves quite at home, Jason G. Goldman writes in Nautilus. #japan #invasivespecies #wildlife