Marauding monkeys injure 42 including children and women in Japanese city

By Orowo Victoria Ojieh with agency report

A Japanese city, Yamaguchi on Monday said they are turning to tranquilizer guns to confront marauding monkeys that have attacked and injured 42 people including women and children in recent weeks.

Japanese macaques are seen commonly across large parts of the country, and are a pest in some areas, eating crops and even entering homes.

A spate of monkey attacks in Yamaguchi city in western Japan has been unusual, with adults and children suffering wounds including scratches and bites.

“All of Yamaguchi city is surrounded by mountains and it’s not rare to see monkeys, but it’s rare to see this many attacks in a short period,” a city official from the agricultural department said.

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The injuries have so far been largely mild, but authorities are now turning to tranquiliser guns after traps they set failed to snare any of the pesky primates.

“Initially only children and women were attacked. Recently elderly people and adult men have been targeted too,” the official added.

The city isn’t even sure if the attacks are the work of multiple monkeys or a single aggressive individual. The intruders have in some cases entered by sliding open screen doors or entering through windows.

City officials and police have been patrolling the area since the first attacks around July 8, but have yet to snare any monkeys.

Local residents have reported the invasions

“I heard crying coming from the ground floor, so I hurried down, then I saw a monkey hunching over my child,” one local father said.

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