- 霊長類研究 (ISSN:09124047)
- vol.11, no.2, pp.123-132, 1995 (Released:2009-09-07)
The purpose of the present survey was to investigate the awareness of the public on the problems arising from provisioning. The social problems of provisioned wild Japanese macaques happens throughout Japan including Yakushima Island in Kagoshima Prefecture. A questionnaire was given to residents in Yakushima and to tourists visiting. Responses were obtained from 438 people. The results may be summarized as follows: (a) The majority of people questioned were aware of some of the social problems in wild Japanese macaques caused by provisioning. (b) Many people gave wild monkeys food for reasons of amusement and in the belief that it improved their situation. This questionnaire revealed that the public understood some of the issues described above but their actions appeared to contradict this. Consequently there is a need to develop a better understanding on the influence of man particularly in regard to feeding.