Update (July 13, 2010) William of Scarborough is the first non-dispersing male to be killed under the new "raiding baboon" protocol. He was trapped and killed in secret without any public knowledge or input around the decision making.
UPDATE (May 15, 2010): IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT CAPE NATURE CONSERVATION HAS ALREADY CAPTURED AND KILLED "SOL", ONE OF THE DISPERSING MALES THAT WERE "TAGGED" LAST YEAR, IGNORING ALL NON-LETHAL OPTIONS OFFERED TO THEM, AND OPERATING BEHIND CLOSED DOORS, DESPITE VEHEMENT PUBLIC PROTEST. THIS WAS DONE UNDER THE NEW "DISPERSING MALE" PROTOCOL
Plans are under way to cull Cape Town's dispersing male and repeat raider baboons. Bart, a dispersing male recently seen at UCT is one of the first of a number of healthy adult males targeted for euthanasia.
Three offers have been made to relocate him and other dispersing males elsewhere off the Peninsula, but these are being ignored by the Wildlife Advisory Committee, even though translocation is an option set out in the new protocol.
(To date- July 2010, we do not know what happened to Bart as he disappeared late last year).
In 1998 the Chacma Baboons of the Cape Peninsula gained protective status. This status is now being overlooked with regards to repeat raiders and dispersing males and who are trying to leave the peninsula to join troops further inland. The city sprawl prevents them from following their natural route, and as a result they get stuck in the suburbs.
Now the City of Cape Town and Cape nature Conservation, instead of assisting them in their natural dispersion, or adressing management issues, has authorised the killing of these healthy, strong male baboons.
This is a travesty and we are horrified by the way Cape Nature Conservation, the very people who should be conserving nature, are contributing to the destruction of this species.
We call on the City to halt this unnecessary killing of our natural heritage and take the other valid, non-lethal options set out in the protocol, such as translocation, as well as put more focus on education and awareness.