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Monkey captured in Japanese city after rampages, but attacks still happening

A monkey is captured on footage from a fixed-point camera installed by an extermination company in this image provided by the Yamaguchi Municipal Government.
A 3-year-old boy's foot is injured due to being scratched by a monkey, as seen in this image taken in the city of Yamaguchi on July 22, 2022. (Mainichi/Hidenobu Fukuhara)

YAMAGUCHI -- The Yamaguchi Municipal Government announced on July 27 that it had captured and exterminated a male Japanese macaque in the city's Ogori area, following a spate of monkey attacks.

    However, similar attacks and sightings were reported even after the monkey was captured on July 26, including one around midnight. The city accordingly believes there are other monkeys on the loose, and will continue to work on capturing them.

    A total of 49 people in the area were injured in monkey attacks between July 8 and noon on July 26. These included people being scratched and bitten by the animals.

    According to the municipal government and other sources, Yamaguchi Prefectural Yamaguchi Agricultural High School in the city's Ogorikamigo neighborhood reported a monkey in the area on the afternoon of July 26. City officials and exterminators found the macaque near the school's pond. The animal escaped when a tranquilizer gun was shot, but it was captured nearby about 30 minutes later.

    The male monkey was estimated to be 4 years old. It had a body length of about 49 centimeters and weighed 6.9 kilograms. Based on footage from a fixed-point camera installed by an extermination company and eyewitness reports from local residents, the male monkey was apparently the same animal that had harmed people.

    In the area, repeated cases in which monkeys not only attack people outside, but open the window screens of private homes and harm residents inside have been taking place. The city and prefectural police have raised the alert level in the surrounding areas, and are taking measures such as setting up traps to capture the animals causing harm.

    (Japanese original by Eijiro Matsuda and Hidenobu Fukuhara, Yamaguchi Bureau)

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