Paintball possibility for baboons

2012-11-13 10:55

Cape Town - Using paintball guns on baboons has been suggested as one way of keeping them out of urban areas, the Cape Argus reported on Tuesday.

This was part of a baboon management protocol drafted in Cape Town. City officials, CapeNature and SA National Parks had all agreed baboons had to be entirely excluded from urban areas.

Apart from the paintball guns, other "aversion" techniques would include electric fencing around neighbourhoods or roads, and monitoring the animals' movements with tracking collars.

From February, people in affected areas would be asked to help authorities develop a "road map" for the management of the primates.

One of the non-negotiables in the plan was to put down baboons considered a threat to people's health and safety.

  • stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-13 11:02

    Paintball guns won't work, not enough sting. Rather use shotguns with rubber bullets. And for you greenies out there who think this is animal cruelty, do yourself a favour and go to Pringle Bay and Bettys Bay to see the problem first hand, then you'll understand.

      Ze Don - 2012-11-13 11:28

      If you use solid rubber pellets they sting like hell!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-13 11:28

      I saw a program on National Geographic last week where they used paintball guns in Hermanus, and it actually did work...

      brad.ken.18 - 2012-11-13 13:07

      @arthurenlouise.tarr - your comment cracked my up dude! Bwahahaha!

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-13 13:33

      No, use paintball guns with pepper spray capsules.That will effectively convince them to stay away from humans and human dwellings.

      beverly.young3 - 2012-11-13 14:09

      We have TROUPS of them running through the farms......they utterly destroy a pineapple land. Its not that they sit down with a pocket knife and peel one pine to eat. They rip up masses of the plants,take a few bites and move on. Thousands of rands damage. On the other hand, 'we' the humans have killed off the predators, so there is nothing to lower the birth rate now. Oh the paint ball? ha ha ha..they will figure that out in a nano-second and use them on us.

      john.porter.92102 - 2012-11-13 14:54

      You're an idiot.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-13 14:58

      Sorry John, I didn't know I insulted your family. That your son on the profile pic?

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 11:09

    Wont work, only piss them off and make them more aggresive. Capture and relocate far away.

  • faizieishlah.shabalala - 2012-11-13 11:14

    Braai them for Xmas

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 11:19

      Braai you for Xmas.

      ruan.smith.14 - 2012-11-13 11:47

      Apparently they taste like chickens!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 11:53

      This is not the DRC (yet).

      enlightened.bowman - 2013-01-21 12:51

      yeah but you people will eat frigging anything, won't you?

  • james.harold.946 - 2012-11-13 11:25

    They are just protesters without a uniform

  • JohnnoBfree - 2012-11-13 11:25

    Give them jobs in the ANCYL. Ha ha ha!

      janice.mcmaster.92 - 2012-11-13 11:30

      FAR too clever for that party!!!

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 11:54

      Ooooo you're going to be roasted for that one.

  • andrez.kolesky - 2012-11-13 11:27

    There was a story in the Langkloof that: They caught one, painted him white with "whitewash" paint. They set him free and the faster he ran to get to the troop, the faster the troop ran to get away from this "thing" chasing them .... Not one left in the Kloof. Problem solved.

      stirrer.stirrer - 2012-11-13 11:34

      Urban legend, unfortunately.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-11-13 11:38

    They were here before us.

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 11:54

      I presume we stole their land as well then.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-13 13:35

      So, what do you propose? Let them live in town, and move into the bush yourself?

  • - 2012-11-13 11:40

    I was shot in the upper arm with a paintball gun and it felt like being shot by a cannon. No! I do not remember the colour.

      enlightened.bowman - 2013-01-21 12:56

      yes, I got shot on the mask and at close range on the overall. I literally had blue ad yellow marks for two weeks.

      TaniaSandraSteyn - 2013-01-21 12:59


  • freddie.jones.58367 - 2012-11-13 11:55

    Question. Can paintballs be loaded with some sort of evil smelling/tasting substance that would cause these animals to dislike the experience? But otherwise leave them unharmed.

      peake.grant - 2012-11-13 12:25

      There are pepperballs available. These are the same as the pepper spray capsules used for self defense.

      gerrit.vanpletzen - 2012-11-13 13:36

      Yes freddie, oleoresin capsicum oil pellets.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-13 12:09

    Further more all of us living in these areas know to keep windows and doors closed when they arrive. We all have ample warning of their approach as the dogs in the neighbourhood go mad. They dont stay around for too long anyway. Such selfishness and intolerance from the human race.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-11-13 12:40


      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-11-13 13:27

      That's what I said, but my comment was deleted about 5 times.

  • amanda.matthews.14811 - 2012-11-13 13:28

    @ formadzen you are telling a blatant untruth. You are merely a sensationalist hell bent on perpetrating untruths.

  • gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-11-13 13:45

    .22 met silencer en subsoniese patrone, en jou buurman sal nie eers weet jyt die bobbejaan geskiet nie.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-13 13:50

      Are you in Rustenburg by any chance.

      gerrit.vanbreda1 - 2012-11-13 15:34

      Nee, seker so 1200km van jou af.

      kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-14 07:52

      Baie bobbejane in Rustenberg, Amplats ens.

  • Paullie - 2012-11-13 13:45

    A BB gun has a far better result thanks and a lot more accurate.

  • TheunisSenior - 2012-11-13 13:53

    I suggest we put some hardcore whisky into the paint ball bullets, that way they will leave the humans happily.......

      pravda.che - 2012-11-13 14:56

      they will actually start enjoying it. maybe they will move down the street to the shabeen.

  • francois.v.eeden.3 - 2012-11-13 21:13

    what's wrong with Nosler Partition or Accubonds?

  • braamc - 2012-11-14 06:55

    Introduce it for Mangaung

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