US Marines have been running over rare animals on roads around Japanese training grounds, it's claimed.
A report to defence officials in Okinawa highlights problems in the Yanbaru forest area, where a helipad's been constructed for aircraft including the Marine Corps' Ospreys, according to Kyodo news agency. It suggests three spot inspections in the last 18 months found that an Okinawa tree lizard - which is on the Japanese Environment Ministry's "Red List" - and 15 sword-tailed newts had come to grief on the roads surrounding the pad.
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Comment: Good thing they're only counting the ones getting squashed and not the ones being taken as big game. I guess that must mean the giant gajimaru tree squirrels of Okinawa aren't rare enough - - - yet!