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Baboons make 'apes' of Cape Town activists

2012-07-24 09:24

Cape Town - An American expert on primates says Cape Peninsula baboons have become uncontrollable because of "extreme" activists who thwart tested solutions, it was reported on Tuesday.

In an open letter to the Cape Times, Professor Shirley Strum slammed relaxed baboon monitoring practices.

"The baboons should have been aversively deterred from approaching and feeding on human food from the start and consistently since the first signs," she said.

"It's a joke to have monitors walking behind clapping hands at this point. I'm not even certain major deterrent efforts will be effective for many troops, but it is the only option now short of eliminating most or all of the baboons."

Strum, who lectures at the University of California, said that after visiting troops around Cape Point and urban areas, she found they had taken baboon "ingenuity and adaptability to the logical extreme".

City biodiversity manager Julia Wood told the newspaper she agreed with Strum, saying some baboons, especially males, had become dangerous.

Wood said their strategy was to keep baboons out of urban areas, with electric fences likely to be the best method.

Comments
  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 09:44

    stupid hippies, how does one alpha male chase away another? with violence and fear, use it , dont use it. maybe babboon males should clap at a rival male, be more politically correct, flippin useless activist green peace hippy scum, you know nothing about animal behavior, go save the homeless or something

      johnny.potatoes61 - 2012-07-24 09:56

      Eric Cartman? ;)

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 10:00

      cartman is a fountain of useful figures of speech and knowledge

      martin.britchford.5 - 2012-07-24 10:06

      violence and fear does not mean killing, make them fear humans, they will stay away then, if you clap at a bully he will fff you up, same applies here, scare the living daylights out of em, throw flash bangs at them, shoot em with rubber bullets, non lethal, they take worse beatings from their own kin,

  • ian.flack2 - 2012-07-24 09:59

    What do you expect, we do exactly the same thing with today's youth.......!

  • wikus.terblanche.7 - 2012-07-24 10:19

    And there i thought they were talking politics again!!

      JManAtheoi - 2012-07-24 10:28

      hehehe...

  • rob.west.92123 - 2012-07-24 10:44

    In the States conservation officers use "Bear bangers" for problem animal control. Is this an option here. Why not try it?

  • shirley.e.kennedy - 2012-07-24 12:13

    Sorry that last comment was not by Shirley E Kennedy. It was by Brian O Cinneide. Please remove it from her name.

  • francois.greeff.98 - 2012-07-24 14:50

    Paintball guns I reckon.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-07-24 15:04

    kill them all... :)

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