Howling ‘Monster Wolf’ robots installed in Japan to scare away bears

Their bark is worse than their byte.

Dozens of red-eyed “Monster Wolf” robots were set up in Japanese towns to scare off bears and deer that were overrunning local homes or destroying crops.

One of the creepy canine contraptions — which roar and have fangs — was erected in September by the small city of Takikawa to “avoid friction between residents and bears,” according to the local news site The Mainichi.

At least 62 more of the 3-foot-tall by 4-foot-long robo-beasts are being used to frighten away deer and wild boar that destroy crops in the Hokkaido and Okinawa areas, the outlet reported.

Designed by the machine-making company Ohta Seiki, the robot is programmed to shake its head and howl when it senses motion by animal intruders. It’s equipped with infrared sensors and can detect when a human is near.

The Takikawa wolf-bot is the first scarecrow-style method of deterring bear populations in front of houses in residential areas, the outlet reported.

The machine appears to be pushing bears’ buttons, according to experts.

Brown bear reports have increased dramatically in the Takikawa area this year, totaling 10 since May.

The sightings — including one of a bear cub less than a mile from a home — prompted the city government to set up the spooky animal automaton.

It was installed in the city of 40,000 in September, and there have been no eye-witness bear sightings since.

“At the very least it’s effective in making residents feel at ease,” a source who helped install it told the outlet.

Ohta Seiki’s president said the goal is to send bears the message to stay away from people.

“We want to let the bears know, ‘Human settlements aren’t where you live,’ and help with the co-existence of bears and people,” said Yuji Ota.

“We have included many methods in its design to drive off bears, so I am confident it will be effective. If this can help create an environment that bears and people can both live in, I will be happy.”

The contraption will stand in guard until mid-November, when the bears’ hibernation period begins, and will be set up again in the spring.

Previously, local governments called in hunters to trap the animals, but that method caused people injuries and wasn’t as effective, according to local outlets.

The bear-scaring bot was first developed in 2016 through a project in which Ohta Seiki teamed up with Hokkaido University and Tokyo University of Agriculture.