Standard Operational Procedure For Using Paintball Markers As Baboon Deterrents

PBMs (PBMs) have been used predominantly for recreation and in military simulations,

but have also been used in mark-recapture studies of free-ranging wildlife populations

and in deterring problematic wild species (e.g. coyotes) from urban environments.

Currently, PBMs are used to deter baboons in KwaZulu-Natal, Sun City and in the

Overberg Region (Hermanus) to deter baboons from tourist- and residential areas.

Essentially, a PBM fires gas-propelled spherical pellets which for the purpose of this

Standard Operating Procedure, are filled with environmentally friendly paint and the

pellets are fired at an approximate speed of 90 m per second. No PBM may fire a

paintball exceeding a speed of faster than 300 foot per second. This should be

checked against a chronograph every month.