Monkey gang member hunted down and killed in human fightback

A monkey causing chaos in a town in Japan has been hunted down and killed by furious locals.

The “specially commissioned hunters” found and executed the pesky primate, part of a “gang” that had been at the heart of weeks of terror.

It was tranquilised and then euthanised, having been singled out as involved in one of the many attacks carried out in the city. It wasn’t known whether the four-year-old was one of the leading figures in the more high-profile attacks.

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The “gang” had carried out more than 50 attacks in the southern city of Yamaguchi, scratching and biting residents and leaving many scared to go out.

The Japanese macaques have developed aggressive techniques, theBBCreports, learning how to open doors and windows and getting into peoples’ homes.

There have been reports of one macaque breaking into a room and trying to snatch a baby.

Speaking to the Mainichi Shimbun Daily the baby’s father said: "I heard crying coming from the ground floor, so I hurried down.

"Then I saw a monkey hunching over my child."

Another report claims that a second broke into a classroom of reception-age children and leapt on a four-year-old girl.

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Residents in the city are understood to have been taking their own measures, arming themselves with weapons to defend themselves against the marauding monkeys.

Garden pruners and umbrellas are understood to be common parts of Yamaguchi folks’ armoury.

However, despite the killing of this particularly menacing monkey, the rest of the “gang” seem to have paid little attention. Only a few days after it was killed,Insiderreported that further attacks on the townspeople had been carried out.

Tensions between the monkeys and their human neighbours have been high for some time.

In the countryside surrounding urban centres in the area, farmers’ crops have been a target for the terrors for decades.

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But despite this, the current number of brazen attacks is particularly high. Speaking to the BBC a city official said: "It's rare to see this many attacks in a short period of time.

"Initially only children and women were attacked. Recently elderly people and adult men have been targeted too."

Research into the population has shown that despite once being in danger of extinction, the population of the macaques has been growing at a steady rate.

Hunting the animals in Japan was banned after World War Two with numbers improving to the point where the species is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature as of “least concern” of extinction.

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