Red Brick Daily Staff
The Kaohsiung City Government says it has now recorded the deaths of some 15 Formosan macaque monkeys over a six-day period beginning Aug. 18 in the greater Shoushan (壽山) or “Monkey Mountain” area – poisoning is suspected.
Now, granted: there are plenty of locals and expats alike who aren’t all that fond of the rambunctious monkeys, who are known to steal food and occasionally attack hikers, but … like; it’s THEIR mountain and they are an endangered species.
City police are stepping up patrols in the area to try and identify a suspect or suspects who may have left poison on hiking trails along what is actually Chaishan (柴山) … although many confuse the mountain with nearby “Shoushan,” where the Kaohsiung City Zoo is located.
Chaishan (柴山) was first opened to the public in 1989 and is one of Kaohsiung’s big tourist draws and a favorite spot for local hikers and others looking for a bit of fresh air … but since 1989, the macaques have become accustomed to humans.
The macaques now often come down off Chaishan, and they have been known to attack if not offered food.
Obviously, this is due to stupid/ignorant people thinking it was “cute” to feed the monkeys decades ago, teaching the primates that humans=food.
The city’s animal bureau called on visitors not to feed, touch or make threatening gestures at the monkeys … and to keep a close eye on children and pets (actually, taking your dog for a walk on Monkey Mountain is not recommended, either)
Harming or killing a protected species is a violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法) and could get you between six months and five years in the slammer and an NT$200,000 to NT$1 million fine.
If you don’t like monkeys, DON’T GO TO MONKEY MOUNTAIN, MMMKAY?
*Photo via Kaohsiung vet / Taipei Times
Link to Chinese story: http://news.pts.org.tw/article/333008