Tokyo - Victims of an ill-tempered monkey that terrorised a
town in Western Japan are to be offered compensation, an official said on
More than 1 000 professional hunters, fire-fighters and
police officers were mobilised to snare the piqued primate after it set upon 18
people during a weeks-long rampage through Hyuga.
The wild macaque was finally cornered in a vacant house on
9 September after 280 people had spent the day searching for it. The monkey was
put down shortly thereafter.
The municipal assembly of Hyuga, in Miyazaki prefecture,
unanimously approved a bill to offer $205 to each person the male monkey had
Patrols were continuing around the streets in case of
further danger, the official said.
"But we have not found any other monkeys threatening
our people," said Kenji Yoshida, a city official. "The city has now
returned to calm and normal."
Macaque monkeys are common in the wild throughout Japan,
where the densely-wooded hillsides provide a habitat.