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Japanese city warns residents as 4 people bitten by monkey on Aug. 10 alone

A Japanese macaque is seen in this unrelated image. (Mainichi)

KITAKYUSHU, Fukuoka -- The municipal government of this southwest Japan city is alerting residents after four monkey bite cases were reported in the city's Wakamatsu Ward on Aug. 10.

    The Kitakyushu Municipal Government has set box traps and is urging residents not to go near monkeys or shout even when they see one.

    According to Fukuoka Prefectural Police's Wakamatsu Police Station, a 70-year-old Anya area resident in the ward called police at around 9:35 a.m. on Aug. 10 after she had been bitten by a monkey in the right calf when hanging laundry in her garden. A 34-year-old police officer who had rushed to the same district following a monkey sighting was bitten in his left leg just after 4 p.m. Another two women were bitten in the leg and notified police between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. All the injuries were minor.

    According to the city of Kitakyushu, there were 37 reports on monkey sightings and issues related to the animals there in fiscal 2019, but the figure rose to 243 in fiscal 2020, and to 211 between April and June this fiscal year. A woman in her 30s was also bitten by a monkey in a different area of the the same ward while working on her farm on the morning of Aug. 7. A municipal sound truck has been cruising through the city to alert residents.

    (Japanese original by Emi Aoki, Kyushu News Department)

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