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Injured baboon sparks talks in Overberg

The public in Betty’s Bay are on the lookout for an injured baboon that has apparently broken its arm, but is nowhere to be found.

Renée Bish of Betty’s Bay Conservation confirmed she heard about the baboon, but no one had seen it since.

The missing baboon has sparked a conversation among residents about each town having its own baboon problem.

“We have lots of issues with baboons, and every area from Hermanus down to Betty’s Bay has its own unique problems with baboons,” says Bish. “The problem that we have in Betty’s Bay is that the town is almost 13 km long, it is very difficult to monitor our baboon troops here.”

She says another issue is other areas having their own dedicated baboon researchers, while Betty’s Bay does not have any.

“We have decided to launch a WhatsApp group to share information about the baboons,” Bish said. “This group can benefit us all and notify its users, when any baboons have been spotted. We will notify the public when we launch this group.”

She explains that she wants to educate people about baboons.

The Overstrand Municipality has an urgent appeal to all residents who live in problem areas to use animal-resistant bins.

Overstrand Municipality’s Waste By-law was issued in Provincial Gazette 7149 on 12 July 2013, and stipulates that each owner or occupier must use animal-resistant containers in areas identified by the municipality as problem areas.

The regulation further states that refuse should be placed only on the pavement on the day of removal in animal-resistant refuse bins.

Weekend visitors are requested to use the weekend dumping sites available in their area for the removal of their domestic waste. Baboon-resistant 240-F wheelies that can lock can be purchased at the municipal offices and will be delivered.

The following areas are problem areas: Kleinmond, Betty’s Bay, Rooiels, Pringle Bay, Voëlklip, Fernkloof, Hermanus Heights and Kwaaiwater.

“Only put out rubbish on refuse removal days, please do not put out your rubbish on any day other than the day stipulated,” says Overstrand Municipality. “We ask for your continued co-operation to combat baboon problems.”

Bish adds that if anyone has any information about the injured baboon they can contact her on 060 656 7341.

“Take photos or a video if you see the injured baboon to help assess whether intervention is needed,” she says. • In conjunction with the focus on baboons the Hermanus Baboons Action Group (HBAG) are planning to host a public meeting on 21 May at Fernkloof Hall.

The meeting will be centered around issues with baboons and the HBAG will discuss the introduction of baboon monitors to affected areas.

Residents who live in problem baboon areas are all welcome to attend the meeting. For more information, email info@hermanusbaboons.co.za.

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