The city of Hyuga in Miyazaki Prefecture has been menaced by a male macaque, a type of short-tailed monkey, with frequent attacks since late last month. The city went on a big-scale hunt, with the police force and volunteers deployed, beginning Sunday to capture the creature. City officials announced on Tuesday that the suspected animal was already captured on the second day of the hunt.
“There are many local residents who have been bitten and injured,” a city official said on Wednesday. There were 18 people reported to have been injured because of the attacks. “It was a serious problem for our city,” the official added. Although the macaque was already captured, the police said that there are eyewitnesses who reported seeing another primate that has attacked humans in their area. Local residents are urged to take precautions. City officials are also on the lookout for the other monkeys that may have also attacked the community.
The city’s hunt for the macaque commissioned two teams to capture the primate. The first was a team of 500 police, firefighters, and volunteers sent on Sunday. After hours of search in vain, another team was deployed the next day. Around 280 trained hunters took part on the search on Monday. According to city officials, the animal was found cornered in an abandoned house.