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Keeping Out Monkeys

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This chapter reports on the kinds of disturbance and damage caused to residents by monkeys and the efforts made to stop or contain it. It goes on to address the issue of monkey habituation-a key factor underlying the rise of crop-raiding behaviour-and how to counter it by comparing the park-edge situation with the wider problem of monkey crop-raiding in Japan. The chapter examines the question of responsibility for monkey damage in the park-edge theatre. It focuses on the engai situation in settlements near to monkey parks, which is usually associated with provisioned park troops. The park-edge crop-raiding described in the chapter shows that, when they are away from the park, provisioned monkeys are just as-if not more-likely to be found feeding in village fields as foraging in the forest.

Keywords: Japan; monkey habituation; park-edge theatre



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