Monday, October 05, 2009
If you feed them...
Originally uploaded by katnhwi
Starting next April, the city of Minoo will impose a fine of 10,000 yen (about US$100) for feeding the monkeys in Minoo Park.
Apparently with these feedings, their body rhythms have changed and have increased the amount of births. You might think that an increase in births is not a bad thing, but apparently it is, because the increase seems to have tripled the amount of monkeys within a couple of years.
The increase in monkeys has also increased the amount of attacks on people eating in the park and damages to crops nearby.
There are many other areas in Japan with wild monkeys and similar problems, but Minoo is the first city to place a fine on feeding them.
So, if you feed them (especially in Minoo), be prepared to pay.
p.s. The harvest moon was more spectacular on Sunday night...