Nantou Forest District Office (南投林區管理處) said that it had discovered illegal traps in Linnei Township, Yunlin County, on September 20 and that one trap had caught a Taiwanese Macaque.
Authorities monitored the cage in the mountain region and stopped two people who approached the trap with dragonfruit before dusk on the 20th, ET Today reported. The two men claimed to have nothing to do with the trap when caught my forestry officials. The men were transferred to the local police for interrogation.
The trap had been set in the park near the 62nd campground along Provincial Highway 3 near the border of Nantou County.
The Taiwanese macaque, also known as the Formosan rock macaque, were taken off the rare and valuable species list in Taiwan on January 9 and moved to category III for “other conservation-deserving species.” Despite not being included in the official conservation list, wild macaques are still protected according to the Wildlife Conservation Act (野生動物保育法). Violations of the law incur a fine of NT$60,000 to NT$300,000 (US$1934-9674).