The baboons of the Cape Peninsula have a much different existence than their relatives in the wild. Primarily it is all about exploiting situations for the maximum of food returns. As their fear of humans diminish so increases their daring and confidence in ‘raiding’ in surburban areas. They have an amazing ability to adapt: savvy, athletic and excellent acuity of senses. Living on the suburban ‘edge’ I have first-hand experience of a troop in raiding mode, and it can be daunting. In June, 2009 I became involved in a project which experimented in finding ways to manage baboons by setting a ‘virtual line’ through using noise devices, in this case ‘bear bangers’ to keep them out of a residential area. Working with the Smitswinkel troop, it had a successful outcome and with the continued management strategy of Nature Conservation Corporation’s (NCC) monitors, the troop (except for the odd dispersing male) hasn’t returned in three years. So what happened to the troop? They settled back in their old home range, between Millers Point and Smitswinkel Bay, raiding with ongoing frequency. Part of the problem is that the area contains a hub of public amentities – an open restaurant, caravan park, boat launching slip, picnic areas, scenic vantage points, tidal pool, and includes the road to Cape Point , a popular scenic route for tourists. Human food which is easily available and makes “easy pickings” for the baboons is the antithesis to good wildlife conservation practice.