Human-macaque conflict:

Food provided by humans

Food provided by humans

In one way or another, food is the root of most conflict between humans and macaques.

 

In many cases, macaques are fed intentionally by humans, whether for religious purposes, for entertainment, as part of a tourist experience, in search of a closer connection with nature, or simply because people believe that the monkeys are hungry. As is the case with most wildlife, such feeding can result in the macaques becoming too comfortable around humans. This heightens the risk of disease transmission, property damage, attack and injury.  In some cases, macaque populations are likely to have grown artificially large - far larger than the natural resources in the area would permit.   When monkeys rely on human handouts and such handouts cease, serious social disruption can occur within or between troops.  The widely reported fighting amongst the macaques of Lopburi, Thailand, during the Covid-19 pandemic in March 2020 perfectly illustrate this.  

 

Human-macaque conflict:

Mitigating conflict caused by feeding

 

Feeding bans

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Controlled feeding by responsible authorities

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HK EG

Temple

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