Feral monkeys are abundant near the town of Dilley, TX and are present in surrounding areas in the South, TX region.
Check out this podcast with Chester Moore and Jeff Stewart talking feral monkeys in 2020 not only near Dilley but other reports in Texas and the American South as well as free-ranging “Bengals”.
To show we’re not crazy here are a few accounts and photos our readers have shared in the past. First up is an account shared by Rico Ramirez.
“I had a client of mine who hunted near Dilley, TX. His story was quite haunting. He stated that it was during the peak of the rut season. It was very early In the morning when he was in the stand. All I know is that it was still dark. He had his small lamp with him. He was reading a magazine when he heard a huge bump and the stand actually felt like it moved. He said the bump and thump was getting louder as if someone was on the stand. He said he reached for his pistol not knowing if it was an illegal, smuggler, or run away inmate. He shined his flashlight through the window out of the door when it got quiet. Then he said the noise was then on the roof of the blind. He was in survival mode and scared. He said there was a window that was open for air when he saw a small human like hand was trying to get in. He said the hand was moving in an up and down motion. The hand was somewhat furry. He said he ran out the door leaving most of his gear in the stand. He didn’t return till sunrise got his things and called the land owner.”
In additiion, a gentleman from Richland Rock Resources shared this photo from a few years ago of one of the monkeys near a drill site in Cotulla, TX.
This message came from reader Becky Rubin.
“I, unfortunately don’t have a photo to share of these monkeys in Texas. But I do have a story. In the late seventies, or early 80s I took a Primate Behavior class at UT. We took a field trip to see these Japanese macaques and camped over night. It was a fantastic experience to have the monkeys run up to the cars and be so close to them. I’d love to see photos from any other UT student’s visits to Dilley. loved reading the article. It brought back a really fun memory!”
Well, Becky we do have a photo for you.
Lorrie Ramirez took a special topic course in Primate Behavior in the Spring of ’95, when she was an undergrad student at The University of Texas-Pan American and documented her encounter.
“We went to observe the macaques in Dilley as part of our course work. In this picture, I was pretending to eat like the macaques were and moved in close to get this shot. Just thought I would share.”People often see things in the wild they cannot explain. Coming across a Japanese macaque in the arid thorn-infested brush country of South Texas would certainly confuse most people.We believe it is important to educate people about all aspects of wildlife and even appreciate the oddities in the field. In fact, we tend to seek those things out most often due to the curiosity of me and my family and the passionate response of those who follow this blog.Once again if you have photos, video or accounts of these monkeys or other feral primates not only in Texas but anywhere in the United States please send to [email protected].