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Planet of Apes! Farmers use air guns to scare monkeys away in Japan02:21

Planet of Apes! Farmers use air guns to scare monkeys away in Japan

Japan, Kiso
September 4, 2019 at 20:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

The Japanese city of Kiso introduced an innovative way for the local farmers to scare monkeys away from their plantations, equipping a group of people with air guns, as shown in footage filmed on Wednesday.

More than 30 volunteers signed up to join the group and received air guns and shooting training from the city. The goal is to stop the monkeys from eating the farm products, such as corn and pumpkin.

According to local farmer Umedo Yoshio, the firing sound only wasn't enough anymore to keep the animals away, so the farmers turned to a harsher method. "When you shoot with the gun, with our air rifles, it is painful when it hits them, isn't it? So ideally, the monkeys would not come out here anymore," he said.

The volunteers have an online group where they exchange information and locations of where monkeys were last seen. Whoever is nearby can go and fire the guns on the primates, thus protecting the harvest.

Planet of Apes! Farmers use air guns to scare monkeys away in Japan02:21
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The Japanese city of Kiso introduced an innovative way for the local farmers to scare monkeys away from their plantations, equipping a group of people with air guns, as shown in footage filmed on Wednesday.

More than 30 volunteers signed up to join the group and received air guns and shooting training from the city. The goal is to stop the monkeys from eating the farm products, such as corn and pumpkin.

According to local farmer Umedo Yoshio, the firing sound only wasn't enough anymore to keep the animals away, so the farmers turned to a harsher method. "When you shoot with the gun, with our air rifles, it is painful when it hits them, isn't it? So ideally, the monkeys would not come out here anymore," he said.

The volunteers have an online group where they exchange information and locations of where monkeys were last seen. Whoever is nearby can go and fire the guns on the primates, thus protecting the harvest.

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