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."© News reports