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Despite the show of force—many came armed with binoculars, nets and tranquilizer guns—the search was fruitless.

ofcourse fruitless because no fruits (banana?) no cameras. Wait until next summer, may or may not appear.

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Residents of neighboring resort towns in central Japan are waging a battle against a marauding monkey that has bitten dozens of people in the past few weeks—and the monkey is winning.

I guess the money`s are much smarter than the residents.

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Quote: “Local monkeys have caused crop damage in the past, but they are usually peaceful and never have attacked people,” Omori said. “It must have come from outside the town.”

Foreign monkeys cause all the trouble.

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Looks like they will never catch the monkeys, is that a good thing or bad thing ? Hmmm, who knows ?

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just shoot them that will teach them not to come back

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Anny, get your gun! It's wabbit season!

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They are the worst pests. If you give them a wide berth, the worst they will usually do is "damage crops", which can be anything from pulling plants out of the ground to taking all of the tomatoes off of a plant, taking one bite, and leaving the rest on the ground.

They harbor human-infective diseases and parasites and leave feces lying around.

But biting? Sorry. That monkey takes the big plunge. That is horror movie stuff.

This is going to sound like overkill, but they need to get some saliva samples from victims' bite areas so that they can know if they eventually get the right monkey or not. It might also show them whether other monkeys are learning the behavior or not. Although I really don't like wild monkeys, they have to be protected.

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including police

Well that explains why they haven't caught any monkeys. I wouldn't be surprised if the monkies hand cudff a keystone in the near future.

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I wouldn't be surprised if the monkies hand cudff a keystone in the near future.

That would be a difficult task. It would mean the monkey has to break into the koban without waking them up.

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My theories on the monkey attacks

It's actually one of the missing centenarians that's a bit wizened up and wearing a fur coat. The little person is a bit hungry so he/she's going for whatever meat is available.

Police should be stalking the local cosmetic surgery clinics in case the little bugger pulls an Ichihashi. Alternatively, they should be casing the local ferry terminals to Okinawa. Perhaps posters of the monkey dressed as a woman will help them find it.

It's the local LDP candidate in a costume who's getting revenge on those townspeople that voted DPJ and turfed him out of office. Has anyone else heard much of Taro Aso lately? Yeah, there's a prime suspect.
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Calling Godzilla!

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Reminds me of the movie 'outbreak'....without the outbreak!!!!!!

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I feel for the monkeys.

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Just got back from a walk around.."patrol"..no monkeys.

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that's the beginning of urban " gorilla " warfare !!

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Catching a monkey is no easy business: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T4Qrh8jD_6E

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Actually, about a month ago I was out washing my car with my daughter and a family of monkeys just went walking by. It was kinda cool albeit a bit surreal.

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"are they making a monkey out of you"

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The best punishment marauding money is to eat its brain and its meat. I do not recommend people to go out hunt and eat all moneys of course, only the troublemakers... Money's brain is a delicacy in many parts of Asia and it tastes good!!!

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What did I just read?! Hahaha. So funny.

LOL Foreign monkeys.

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nandakandamanda said: Foreign monkeys cause all the trouble.

Some biting sarcasm to go with the biting monkey story. Win!

Sounds like they are hunting like I hunt for my keys. The headline probably should say search, but there is no rule that the media has to resist spin is there? (eyeroll)

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There needs to be a cull of these monkeys. The mountains and forests of Japan are overrun with monkeys, wild boar, deer and bears...and there are very few hunters keeping these wild animal population under control. Expect to see more and more of these monkeys and other animals coming to town in search of food.

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I wish officials would stop monkeying around and go ape and catch these pesky animals.

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prinzjay said: There needs to be a cull of these monkeys. The mountains and forests of Japan are overrun with monkeys, wild boar, deer and bears.

The only overpopulation is in the valleys I am afraid. But, to be humane, maybe we should just limit their breeding?

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prinzjay at 05:58 PM JST - 30th August

What a great animal loving attitude, if there are “too many” kill them.

No wonder this little guys getting some bites in while he can.

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"a marauding monkey"

Or, a savvy monkey.

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Sounds like a job for...(cue the theme music)...Carl from Caddyshack.

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