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Interpret monkey behavior to avoid attacks, officials say
農業局官員:看獼猴臉色 避猴群攻擊

A Formosan macaque eats fruit at a park while two women look on in Taitung County, Jan. 11.
一隻台灣獼猴一月十一日在台東縣一座公園吃水果,背景中有兩位女性。

Photo: Chang Tsun-wei, Taipei Times
照片:自由時報記者張存薇

Reports of macaques harassing and attacking members of the public in Greater Kaohsiung are common. The Agricultural Department of Kaohsiung has suggested that people should try to interpret macaque behavior and then make a move when they get a chance.

The number of macaques is on the increase in and around the Chaishan area, a Kaohsiung hiking mecca, and they have been harassing hikers there, at times even scratching and biting them. City councilors have urged the city government on numerous occassions to come up with a solution.

The city government has made a list of things for the public to think about and do should they encounter macaques. It recommends learning how to understand macaques’ behavior in order to reduce the incidence of the attacks.

The Department of Agriculture has come up with three categories of macaque behavior: hostile, aggressive and submissive. Hostile behavior includes “glaring”, “baring teeth in a threatening way” or “charging,” aggressive behavior means “chasing” and “attacking,” while submissive behavior is “showing teeth” and “crouching.”

However, the department’s descriptions are confusing. Its description of “glaring,” for example, includes mouth closed, eyes fixed on a specific object, the forehead and upper eyelids twitching, and sometimes raising its forehead so that its lower jaw juts out, moving its jaw back and forth.

According to the Agricultural Department, if people come across macaques acting in a hostile or aggressive way, they should leave the area as quickly as possible. If the macaques are behaving submissively, it is okay to chase them away with a threatening object. However, brandishing threatening objects are not permitted in the Chaishan Nature Reserve, as it would be a violation of the Wildlife Conservation Act. Some councilors have criticized the government for failing to ensure public safety, saying that asking people to learn how to read macaque behavior is entirely impractical.

(LIBERTY TIMES, TRANSLATED BY TAIJING WU)

TODAY’S WORDS 今日單字

1. harass v.

騷擾 (sao1 rao3)

例: The suspect is claiming that the police unfairly harassed him during his arrest.

(嫌犯宣稱警方在逮捕他時不正當地騷擾他。)

2. mecca n.

聖地 (sheng4 di4)

例: During springtime the Tokyo Imperial Palace is a mecca for cherry blossom enthusiasts.

(春天的東京皇宮是櫻花愛好者的聖地。)

3. submissively adv.

臣服;順從 (chen2 fu2; shun4 cong2)

例: Why are there so many chauvinist men out there that want their wives to act submissively all the time?

(為什麼世上有這麼多希望妻子們無時無刻表現順從的沙文主義男人?)


高雄市經常傳出民眾遭獼猴騷擾攻擊的事件,高市府農業局宣導民眾先解讀獼猴的表情,再伺機應變。

高雄健行聖地柴山地區獼猴族群越來越多,經常有登山客遭到獼猴騷擾,還有人遭獼猴抓傷、咬傷,市議員多次疾呼要求市府拿出對策。

市府日前公布民眾遭遇獼猴時的應注意事項及措施,呼籲民眾正確解讀獼猴的表情語言,才可減少人猴衝突事件。

農業局將獼猴的行為分為敵對行為、攻擊行為、臣服行為等三大類。敵對行為包括了「瞋視」、「張口威嚇」、「突進」,攻擊行為包括「追逐」、「攻擊」,臣服行為則有「露齒」、「蹲伏」。

不過,農業局對於獼猴表情的描述卻讓人一頭霧水,以獼猴的「瞋視」為例,表情包括嘴巴閉起,兩眼注視目標個體;額頭部分皮膚包含上眼瞼表現出抽動之動作;頭部有時會仰起而造成下顎突出,並做下顎前後伸縮之行為。

農業局呼籲,當獼猴出現敵對與攻擊行為時,民眾應盡快離去,當獼猴出現臣服順從行為時則可持威嚇工具驅趕,但柴山自然公園內不得使用威嚇工具,否則即觸犯野生動物保育相關規定。議員批評公部門無法保障民眾安全,還要民眾先學會看獼猴「臉色」,毫無實用性。

(自由時報記者侯承旭)

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