Socio-ecological effects of monkey patrols on Japanese Monkeys in Nishimeya Village, Aomori Prefecture, Japan

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Author(s)

    • Enari Hiroto
    • Laboratory of Wildlife Conservation, Department of Ecoregion Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    • Maruyama Naoki
    • Laboratory of Wildlife Conservation, Department of Ecoregion Science, Faculty of Agriculture, Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
    • Sakamaki Haruka
    • Environmental Science for Agriculture and Forest, Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University

Abstract

In Nishimeya Village, Aomori Prefecture, northern Honshu, Japan, where arable lands and apple orchards have been heavily damaged by Japanese Monkeys <i>Macaca fuscata</i>, a project was conducted to reduce the damage by involving eighty-three volunteers to patrol and drive monkeys away in the autumns of 2002 and 2003. The ecological and ethological effects of this project were evaluated by radio-tracking a troop composed of around 40 individuals, with two radio-marked individuals between August 2001 and July 2004. The monkey patrols resulted in: 1) shifting part of the troop memberships into the inner forested area, 2) heightening their sensitivity to humans, and 3) changing their pattern of habitat use. Although such influences of the patrols on the animals may contribute to reducing crop damage, no range shift was found and the effect disappeared with time after the end of the project.

Journal

  • Biosphere conservation : for nature, wildlife, and humans

    Biosphere conservation : for nature, wildlife, and humans 7(2), 57-81, 2006

    Association of Wildlife and Human Society

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Cited by:  4

Codes

  • NII Article ID (NAID)
    110004751251
  • NII NACSIS-CAT ID (NCID)
    AA11499342
  • Text Lang
    ENG
  • Article Type
    Journal Article
  • ISSN
    1344-6797
  • Data Source
    CJP  CJPref  NII-ELS  J-STAGE 
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