As if the decimation of the Howler Monkeys by electrocution on the uninsulated power lines isn’t enough, dog attacks of these special creatures is unfortunately on the rise. During February, Nosara has seen 5 Howler Monkey fatalities due to dog attacks. With the heat and winds of the Dry Season, the jungle has gotten more brittle – tree limbs will now crack and break off under the weight of the Howlers, especially the mothers with new babies on their backs. When these monkeys fall to the ground as a result, all too many times, one or more loose dogs are within easy reach – the monkeys don’t have a chance. The speed of dogs equipped with large canines and an instinct to hunt and kill, is a deadly combination.
What you can do –
1) Contain your animals within your yard with fencing to protect your home and the animals
2) Leash your dog “to and from” the beach
3) Don’t throw food scraps outside your house or out of your car. This becomes a magnet for many wild animals which now become a target for dogs.
Mangos for Monkeys
It is mango season once again. This is a feast for Howlers. If you own a mango tree (or see a neighbor’s mango tree) that is growing into the power line or transformer, please hire a professional tree trimmer to cut back the limbs that are pathways to death.
For contact numbers of tree trimmers, as well as rescue procedures, call: Brenda 2682-0059 or Vicki 2682-1474 or visit: www.nosarawildlife.com