Fatal Valentine’s Day shooting of a baboon in Da Gama Park

A young juvenile male baboon was shot with a pellet gun and killed on Sunday 14 February 2016, at the Bluefin Court Flats at Da Gama Park.

Ziggy Rode, Senior Area Manager, South East Region for Human Wildlife Solutions reports that the male baboon was shot inside the flats, he then ran outside and up a tree.

Daniel Langton, an HWS field manager working at Da Gama then witnessed one of the children throwing a rock at the baboon’s head and it fell into the river. Langton recovered the body of the baboon and Cath Schutte, the HWS area manager, transported it to the Cape of Good Hope SPCA.

X-rays and an autopsy will be conducted on the body during the course of this week.

The Cape of Good Hope SPCA wildlife manager, Megan Reid, together with HWS rangers will assist in putting a docket together for submission to the Simonstown Police Station for prosecution under the Animal Protection Act (Act 71 of 1962).

Baboon field managers are currently collecting as much evidence as possible and HWS will follow the same processes as were done with the two pellet shootings in Scarborough during December, 2015. The alleged Scarborough shooter is due to appear in the Simonstown Magistrate’s Court on 23 February, 2016.

According to a Media Release from City Baboon Hotline:

‘The City needs to remind the public that it is illegal to discharge a pellet gun in an urban area and moreover, baboons are a protected species in the Western Cape, in terms of the CapeNature Conservation Laws Amendment Act, 2000, Ordinance 19 of 1974. Animal welfare organisations condemn the use of pellet guns on animals as shooting a baboon with a pellet gun causes terrible pain and rarely kills the animal.

‘The law also states that it is illegal to feed baboons; to poison, trap, hurt or kill a baboon by driving with the intent to kill; hunt by shooting at baboons using a pellet gun, catapult, bow-and-arrow, stoning, setting your dog on them, or use a weapon of any kind in order to injure a baboon; or to keep a baboon in captivity without a permit. All these offences are punishable by law and carry stiff penalties.

Residents are encouraged to report any tip-offs regarding this specific incident to the Baboon Hotline,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.

Cape Town Baboon Hotline:

Tel: 071 588 6540
www.baboons.org.za

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