(NBC) - Farmers in northern Japan are getting expert help with a growing monkey population that is gobbling up crops.
Summer heat, among other factors, has left the monkey's low on food.
Japan's Protection and Control Unit has stepped in to protect the hungry monkeys, while keeping them away from people and crops.
Specially-trained dogs help chase the monkeys back into their natural habitat.
The primates on Shimokita Peninsula are the only in the world to live so far north.
Japan's government designated them a natural treasure in 1970, and the population has grown since.
Four municipalities set up the monkey chasing squad, in an effort to help people and monkeys find ways to coexist.