(2008, April 17). 25 Gibraltar monkeys to be culled after causing havoc with tourists. International Herald Tribune [online]. Available http://www.iht.com/articles/ap/2008/04/17/europe/EU-GEN-Spain-Gibraltar-Monkey-Cull.php [2009, March 22]
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A renegade group of Gibraltar's Barbary apes, the only non-human primates to live in the wild in Europe and a popular symbol of the quirky British colony, has annoyed locals so much that authorities have decided a cull is inevitable.
A cluster of 25, out of a population of around 200, moved to a popular beach-side area some months ago and picked up habits such as stealing food, entering rooms through open windows and harassing tourists, officials said Thursday.
Such has been the havoc wreaked by the apes that the territory's tourism minister, Ernest Britto, has decided to put the beach dwelling group down, government spokesman Francis Cantos said.
"I can confirm that tourism minister Britto has decided to issue a license for a cull," Cantos said.
"The decision was not taken lightly. It is a last resort," Britto was quoted as telling the Gibraltar Chronicle newspaper.
The pack of primates, which despite their name are actually monkeys