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Marauding monkeys have Y200,000 bounty on their heads

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In a desperate bid to contain the escalating monkey problem in Mishima, Shizuoka Prefecture, authorities are offering the public 200,000 yen to capture any of the Japanese macaques causing problems. To successfully earn the bounty, citizens have to successfully lock a primate in their house.

There have been a series of reports of monkey incursions into homes in Mishima since Aug 22. As of Tuesday, over 80 members of the public had reported suffering minor injuries caused by the rampaging simians. Susono, Numazu and Nagaizumi towns have also reported growing primate problems.

It is believed that a single troop of macaques is patrolling over a vast area. Local police have been conducting search and capture patrols throughout the area but until now there has not been a single successful mission. This has led to the bounty, which local authorities are describing as a "desperate measure."

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Yee-haw! Time to gets out ma monkey huntin' gear!

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Now this is just a waste of tax payers money!!! Shizuoka Prefecture, authorities would be better off buying a few bebe guns for the farmers and have them take care of the problem themselves. Why should everyone in Shizuoka pay for a few famers hardships from a bunch of smart monkey`s!!!

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To successfully earn the bounty, citizens have to successfully lock a primate in their house.

Always some kind of 'catch'.

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Do they have to be alive? And define house? Like if one magically had an arrow through it and the HOUSE was a cardboard box...would that work?

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200,000円 dead or alive!

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Like if one magically had an arrow through it

LOL!!!!

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I imagine said monkey would do at least 200000 yens worth of damage to your house while its locked in.

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I see in the future a TV series will cometh !!!!

Monkey Hunter's with a special edition Bon Jovi young guns song !!!

" Monkey's Monnkeeeyyyy's wanted Dead or Alive "

I'll bring my double barrel sling shot,banana's laced with extacy, and banana cookies.

We're gonna have a HOE DOWN !!!!! Yeeeehh Hawwwww !!!!

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Monkey Meat oshhhiii dayo !!!

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go ape, earn some yen folks.

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LOL, Citizen12, well said......not to mention the damage caused by a bunch of rampaging J-Cops running through the house with a net trying to capture said monkey, trampling the family teasets, overturning the cabinets, breaking the ceramic cups, and stealing panties from the drawers and wash-lines.

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can I use hollow point ammo to "slow it down"?

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I wonder if a shed would be enough. Probably.

This is some tasty money for some Shizuoka hillbilly, and it is better than poisoning them or just shooting them or whatever. The money is just enough to make it worthwhile for some smart college kids to get into the act.

It is time to call in Charlton Heston. He'll know what to do. I guess we might have to settle for Wahlberg.

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Bet a good ol' wrist rocket with a ballbearing would do the trick.

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Will there be posters?

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Oh for goodness sakes, this is an idiotic "solution". They're encouraging citizens to put themselves at risk for no good reason. Did they even pause to consider the nature of their prey? The monkey is now inside your house. Well done. You're now outside your house.. and it's just beginning to dawn on you that monkeys move in groups and while you've got 1 angry monkey inside you're outside with 20 angry monkeys. Way to go Shizuoka local government, you've just got someone badly mauled by 20 angry monkeys.

This really is a no-brainer people. Start off by setting up an area for the monkeys, put food there and transplant some fruit trees. Lace the food with monkey contraceptives because your biggest problem in the long run is that monkeys reproduce quite quickly. Make the area safe for the monkeys so they feel secure in coming there. Introduce handlers and make the monkeys a tourist attraction for the rest of their lives. They won't reproduce because of the contraceptives so you've got a positive (a new tourist attraction) for about 20~30 years and if they turn violent... well, you know where they live and you can kill them all in one quick action so they don't have time to learn or scatter.

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On their heads means dead or alive.... Lock a monkey in my house, good stuff, that would cause more than 200,000 yen of damage.

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This sounds like a sophisticated plan to try and break up the monkey-gangs from the inside. We all know how organised their units are, last month they were standing guard over each other while they entered houses and stole stuff, next month they'll be turning on each other, locking up their own mates so they can get that cash. Cunning plan!

On a serious note, Ever wondered where the idiom "to go ape" actually came from? A wild monkey locked in a house, is just asking for trouble! Ever seen a wild cat locked inside a house? A monkey would be 10 times worse.

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Easy way to catch the monkeys....fruits soaked in sake and a big net.

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Shizuoka "Authorities" = stupid beyond belief!

How daft can you get, havent these idiots heard of using tranquilizer guns.......morons

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Ha, ha! Lock a wild monkey in your house? They do much more than 20maan worth of damage by the time the authorities show up to collect it. Just shoot the bloody things! - If you lock one in your house you get 20maan, but if you kill one you go to jail. Makes perfect Japa-sense to me.

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Y200,000? Well, I'll be a monkey's uncle.

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To successfully earn the bounty, citizens have to successfully lock a primate in their house.

This sounds like some weird reality gameshow.

Oh, yeah, of course they're going to lock a rampaging monkey in their house!

To successfully earn the bounty...

Maybe they should get that moon-faced manchild from 'Nippon Civilian Police' to live out the fantasy life he has playing in his head.

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Oh my, The monkeys are now Wanted for 200,000 yen. Need a picture for sure!

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They never have these money making opportumies in tokyo :(

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"a single troop of macaques is patrolling over a vast area"

They're not patrolling, they're scavenging! The scavengers!

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I am expecting to see an increase in rabies shots in Shizuoka prefecture once the citizens start hunting those monkeys.

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Why not just pay the monkeys 200,000 to move on?

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Well, okay Bounty Hunter Shuichi Kamikaze Araki, here ya go. But don't let them make a monkey of ya!

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huzzah for the marauding monkeys. i'd love to see a slapstick keystone cops routine where th J cops are chasing these monkeys all about town.

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Are these monkeys too smart to get trapped in a baited cage?

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Yes, offering that much money to citizens to trap monkeys in their houses is going to reduce the maulings. Good move Shizuoka.

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The house condition must be to prevent monkey bounty hunters from assembling from all over japan in Shizuoka to collect the reward. It's just like Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven".... Think of the violence that could ensue!!!

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A marauding monkey locked in a house, eh? My guess is there's a 50-50 chance it would cause more than 200,000 yen in damage during the time it takes the people in charge to arrive, secure it, and give the reward.

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Ha! Trap the monkey inside your house and watch as he does way more than 200,000 yen damage. That new big ass flat screen TV you bought, the one with 3D glasses? Yep, smashed. The big fridge? The interior shelves are trashed. Not to mention all the food that will be eaten/ruined. Pss and Sht on the carpets. Claw marks on the walls. Then really feel like junk when the lil bugger busts open a window and crawls right out. Great idea!!

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I have this image in my head of hoards of Japanese men looking just like Goku chasing the monkey in Dragon Ball.

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1) Catch a monkey

2) Tame it. Feed it and treat it nicely

3) Teach it to find your house from anywhere in the local forest

4) Hand it over, collect ¥200000.

5) Wait for it to come back to your house

6) Repeat steps 4) and 5) and 6)

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Actually it appears that any damage caused by the monkey will covered, in addition to the 200,000円.... Crazy plan none the less.

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This is a great program! Y200,000 for catching a monkey in your house. There is probably a shortage of bananas in the nearby stores as people place them on the ground around and inside their homes for bait.

So how much yen do the authorities offer when you find a USMC Marine Monkey has broken into your house in Okinawa? I guess you would use a 14yo Okinawan girl for bait.

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Am on my way down there with a van load of bananas injected with tranquilisers. 80 monkeys at 200,000 yen each.I will be able to buy a big house in Shizuoka to put them in for that

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So how much yen do the authorities offer when you find a USMC Marine Monkey has broken into your house in Okinawa? I guess you would use a 14yo Okinawan girl for bait.

Dude...ouch!!

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Japanese monkeys DO like bananas right?

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monkey see monkey do!

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To successfully earn the bounty, citizens have to successfully lock a primate in their house.

I can see it now - feces throwing at 5 meters!

I better stock up if I'm going to get that money...

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... of course all you potential bounty-hunters did notice the word, "citizen" didn't you. Remember that depending on the kanji used you may well not be eligable if you're not a citizen of Japan, or even if you're Japanese you might not be eligable if you're not a registered resident of Shizuoka.

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What a great name for a pro sports team ....The Marauding Monkeys!

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The vernacular press is using the word 市民 (citizen), which would suggest that bounty-hunters need not apply. Then again, it doesn't specify 'citizens of Mishima'...

As for 'in their houses', that seems to be a translation of 建物や部屋 (a building or room) - so to save your carpets, tea sets etc., you can lure the beasts into your garden shed, or a public convenience.

I'd want to know what was going to happen the the monkey I'd caught before I'd hand it over to the authorities, though. Even for 20 man.

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They'll cook him of course!!!

J/k - they return them to the wild right??

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Can we drag one into the house, then lock it in the ohuro?

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Enjoyed reading all the post. Now to answer a few questions:

pamelot at 11:05 AM JST - 8th September

Will there be posters? Well if they have a password and login there will be, but the mods will delete all "Monkey Shine" referances.

Monkey Meat oshhhiii dayo !!! If BBQ'ed just right with home made sauce.

Are these monkeys too smart to get trapped in a baited cage? They are Japanese monkeys!

Japanese monkeys DO like bananas right? Yes if said bannanas are dipped in rice!

What a great name for a pro sports team ....The Marauding Monkeys! There was, they changed the name to "Yomiuri Giants"

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kyushujoe: They have anticipated your cunning plan.

They will take a DNA sample of the monkey before they take it away to some remote island, where your trained monkey will pine for you.

Nice try though.

They will take the DNA sample, probably to compare it to saliva left on food that they pilfered. It works pretty well to tell who the bad actors are.

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The price is right. Anyone who can do it deserves the money. Several came through my yard not too long ago, and I was happy to see them go. Would not ever try to catch one.

They will rip your face off. Seriously. Imagine an eight year old with claws and fangs and no compunction at all about tearing you up. PLUS having who knows what communicable diseases... Yikes. I would rather fend off a German shepherd.

Monkeys give me the willies.

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So they are the ultimate Chimpura gangs

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3 bananas in taiyo = 120 Y. 80 monkeys / 3 bananas x 120 Y = 3,200 Y 200,000 - 3,200 = 196,800 Y KACHING! best Return of Investment!

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Here in Karuizawa they have a daily "manki-ripo-to" to tell where the local group is. And I have seen quite a few esp in winter. The young ones look kinda cute, but the older, boss-type, they are scary, powerful fangs like a Rottweiler, but much faster movements in all directions, not just ground-covering. Having said that, if I would life in that area and have a shed in my garden I would try for the money with a trap. But not in my house..

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Monkey bounty hunter! Sounds like a fun job.

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I quite like the expression "marauding macaque". If you say it with a Jack Sparrow accent, it becomes an interesting pair of similar appendages.

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Junnama at 02:53 PM: It's just like Clint Eastwood in "Unforgiven"....

I was thinking more like "Every Which Way But Loose".

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Two questions (apologies if already answered):

does the person who captures the most monkeys get a "Best Monkeyist" award?

"citizens have to successfully lock a primate in their house" - if the prefectural staff know where the monkeys' houses are, why don't they lock them in them themselves?
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I agree with lemur.

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I like the way it has to be one of THE monkeys causing problems. So you catch a monkey and they say "Nope. Different monkey. Tough luck!"

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Ooh, chimpanzee that...MONKEY NEWS!

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As crazy an idea as this is, it beats asking the locals to go around shooting them, like they did with the crows when the one idiot shot towards someone's house (missed the crow, of course) and hit a 17 year old woman in the neck. I could just see the length of the number of headlines if they starting arming up and going after them like that.

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Don't let the monkeys fool you, they're cold blooded killers. Stories abound in the US about often elderly couples who have 'cute little chimps' for pets - until they quite literally 'go ape' and rip off your hands, eyelids, noses, whole faces and testicles. Nasty little buggers. I'd suggest a page from your local NSDAP handbook; traveling vans with bait to lure them in, then a good Zyklon B 'shower' to put the matter to rest.

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I read recently about a woman in the U.S. who had her face ripped off by a chimp.

I can't imagine Pan-kun ever doing that...

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A good drop and lock door trap cage but forget the bananas, it seems the universal bait for anything from Raccoons, Bears, skunks and yes even monkeys and macaques is PEANUT BUTTER saw trappers using it in India to catch monkeys couldn't believe it, the trappers said the same as we knew back home for skunks, raccoons and bears they can smell the stuff from a long distance away.

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@bobcatfish

"I've got my wife locked in the dunny...who do i call?"

Ghostbusters!

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Klein2 at 05:16 PM JST - 8th September The price is right. Anyone who can do it deserves the money. Several came through my yard not too long ago, and I was happy to see them go. Would not ever try to catch one.

Klein2, you're probably not too happy about them being in your yard. Try this. Buy a few paper plates and some oil paint (so it doesn't run the first time it rains). Paint up the plates to look like one of their faces. It doesn't need to be brilliant art, just good enough to look "monkey'ish" from about 10 meters away. Make sure that the fangs on your picture are HUGE (I mean seriously, make them MONSTER fangs). [Alternatively just take a picture, photoshop the fangs and print it].

Put the plates outside, hung on fences, on the side of the house, wherever, provided they're visible. The monkeys will think the area has been claimed by a rival group of monkeys, the alpha male will take one look at the fangs on his opponent and decide that there are better places to go.

They will rip your face off. Seriously. Imagine an eight year old with claws and fangs and no compunction at all about tearing you up. PLUS having who knows what communicable diseases... Yikes. I would rather fend off a German shepherd.

One on one a German shepherd can easily take out a monkey this size... the problem is that it's never one-on-one. You turn to face one monkey and two to twenty others drop down behind you. Asking citizens with no training in handling monkeys to get involved in this is criminally negligent and grossly irresponsible.

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