Wild Monkeys at Silver Springs State Park, Ocala FL

Discussion in 'Camping Around Wildlife' started by equest, Jul 14, 2017.

  1. equest

    equest New Member

    Dec 22, 2016
  2. NothingsChocking

    NothingsChocking Active Member

    Mar 7, 2017
    Being that these monkeys are not native, you would figure they would at least reduce the population.
  3. WeRJuliIan

    WeRJuliIan If it's "Aluminum", why not "Sodum" and "Uranum"?

    May 15, 2014
    Sarasota, FL
    This is actually part of a much bigger problem.

    Here in Florida, we seem to have more than our share of invasive species (pythons, lionfish, monitors, various birds, and so on), and they all seem to be doing just fine in the warm weather.
    The rhesus macaques are only the latest in a long list of animals that arrived as pets and escaped or were just dumped into the environment. They found themselves in a
    nice warm jungle-y environment, with ample food, and a native population of humans who were only too ready to feed them and encourage them...

    The only practical way to "reduce the population" would be to shoot them, and that would probably involve closing the parks for safety.. and fending off the the protests.

    Once a year, they declare open season on non-indigenous pythons in the Everglades, and it's not helping... like the macaques, they've found a perfect environment, and they're breeding faster than they can be culled.

    It's very rare that introducing a new species makes a positive change to an ecology.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  4. NothingsChocking

    NothingsChocking Active Member

    Mar 7, 2017
    Well, all the but-hurt protesting aside, now would be the time to atleast take care of one of the problem species. Something needs to be done while the population is concentrated still. these are mammals, there is a chance to root all these out. Not so much with pythons or Snakehead fish and so on.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  5. nineoaks2004

    nineoaks2004 Every meal is a picnic and every Day is a holiday

    Oct 15, 2006
    Graceville, Florida
    I lived in Ocala (Marion County) for many years, I canoed, Kayaked , fished and swam in the Ocklawaha River, the monkey's are and has been a big problem for a long long time, (story was they escaped during the Tarzan Movies). At one time they were going to sterilize the monkey's but due to the protests they decided to leave it alone and the population has continued to rise, once again the politicians have listened to the few instead of the professionals who know how bad the problem can be. (and now is)
    These monkeys are nothing to mess with as they will attack , throw items at you and destroy a campsite. I do not know how they can solve the problem that should never have gotten so large.

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