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Cape Town Baboons Get Paintballed

Offbeat  (tags: animals, environment, protection, wildlife, baboons, paintball )

- 2049 days ago -
Baboons in Cape Town are being paintballed to drive them out of residential suburbs and stop them from pillaging homes and cars on brazen food raids.

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Past Member (0)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 6:13 am
They were brazen in the 90"s when I was there.

Elaine Al Meqdad (283)
Tuesday November 13, 2012, 10:40 am
Noted! I don't see the ultimate purpose of paint balling them other than a town full of multi colored monkeys m,ay add dome color to the town but my understanding of paint ball games can actually be painful so that right there if be the case, knock that idea out. but at least they are not painting them with bullets perhaps the people who live there and have been freely feeding them which has been the cause of their trained behavior due a draw for tourism, can stop doing this while at the same time ensuring a habitat of their natural surroundings where the can live on the lands that are conducive to their survival and the very people who leave food sources around in places where these monkeys can visibly recognize and sniff out...i.e. food left in their cars etc... Can refrain from doing those things.

Tuesday November 13, 2012, 11:24 am
The behaviour of these Chacma baboons has been modified by people. Before the surge in “development” of the peninsula after WW2, the baboons lived in areas where food was easily found. As they were driven out of the lower and flatter areas by the burgeoning suburbs, roads and shops they moved into the mountains where food is harder to come by and to survive resorted to going down to the beaches in the daylight finding shell fish and other marine resources to live on. Next came the tourists in the mountains and put even more pressure on them even though the baboons’ populations had dropped. Now there is a “pincer movement” on them; people demanding more and more land for houses see the former baboon residents as “pests”. The increasing numbers of coast dwelling humans, tourists and fisherman form the other side of the “pincer”. The most arrogant statement I have ever heard is where some a***hole or other describes the act of destroying in a few months a beautiful pristine bit of nature that took millions of years to create “Development” and labels the original animal residents “Vermin”. At the moment they are corralling these last few survivors with paint-ball guns. If they did not have some commercial value as a “Tourist attraction” the paint-ball guns would have been long ago exchanged for rifles and shot guns. The best we can hope for is that the poor old baboons hang on to their tourist-camera-click-worthiness!

Donna Hamilton (159)
Wednesday November 14, 2012, 11:22 am
Ouch! Guess it's better than shooting to kill with an ordinary gun. Noted. Thanks, Cher.

Carol H (229)
Monday November 26, 2012, 11:20 am
sadly noted
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