Council of Agriculture Inspects Leofoo Village 農委會林務局赴六福村 勘查狒狒飼養場域

M. Chuang
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Government officials conducted an inspection on Leofoo Village after a baboon escaped the theme park and was later shot dead. New regulations regarding escaped animals, meanwhile, will go into effect in April after the incident ignited public outrage.

Inspectors observe the behavior of the baboons and then inspect the fencing around the park. In the wake of the capture and death of an escaped non-native olive baboon from Leofoo Village, officials from the Forestry Bureau and Hsinchu County Government inspected the park on the 31st to try to find out how the baboon escaped.

Cheng I-chuan, Wildlife Conservation Section Chief, Forestry Bureau: “We will be meeting with veterinary experts to discuss what happened. Their baboons are allowed to move around freely, so chip implants may be needed.”

Wang Ying, Life Sciences Professor, NTNU: “When a congress of baboons grows in size, you'll see more social conflict. Sometimes, one member is forced to leave or flee.”

Experts say the park should consider setting up leisure areas accessible to different groups. The Forestry Bureau says it will review park operations further. In response to public outrage over how the baboon died, Agriculture Minister Chen Chi-chung says the investigation will be wrapped up within a month and frontline wildlife protection workers will undergo more training.

Chen Chi-chung, Agriculture Minister: “We'll explain this whole thing within a month and we will look further into wildlife registration and population management.”

The council says it will fine Leofoo Village NT$300,000 and also revise laws to require animal owners to pay capture fees for escaped animals. The new regulation will go into effect at the end of April.