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Dispose of Kitchen Scraps and Fruit Properly and Close Up Gaps to Prevent Damage by Wild Palm Civets

There are more and more cases involving palm civets (see illustration below) found living in attics, eating fruits within properties and ripping open garbage bags. Please use the countermeasures given below to prevent damage and avoid attracting these animals.

Countermeasures

• Palm civets are nocturnal, so please avoid disposing of your garbage at night.
• Since any fruit growing within your property serves as food for palm civets, please harvest your fruit as early as possible or cover them with a net. Please also dispose of any fruits that has fallen as quickly as possible.
• Palm civets can walk on electrical cables and are very good at climbing trees. It is wise to prune the trees in your yard if the branches reach your roof.
• A palm civet can get through a gap of about five centimeters. Be sure to block all such gaps (such as under the eaves, under your home, and ventilation outlets) to prevent entry.

Characteristics

 Shinjuku City offers a palm civet-catching service for homes that have suffered damage from these animals; this applies to raccoons as well.
Note: Some cases may be ineligible.
If you are having problems, please consult the Pollution Policy Section of the Environmental Quality Division.

Inquiries Pollution Policy Section, Environmental Quality Division (Shinjuku City Office 7F)
Tel: 03-5273-3764

October 5, 2020