South Africa tries to halt baboon break-ins


CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Baboons seeking snacks are breaking into tourists’ cars in South Africa and authorities are threatening to fine visitors who give them food.

Cape Town’s chacma baboons are a popular attraction and some visitors give them treats in order to lure them closer and take pictures.

Some baboons now regard people as a source of food and have become increasingly aggressive to get it. There have been a number of recent break-ins of cars by monkeys seeking food.

A statement Monday from the city of Cape Town and the South African National Parks authority said that tour operators and tourists who deliberately lured baboons with food risked fines. It did not say how large the fines would be and officials could not immediately be reached for comment.