Periods of development and economic boom have meant that the baboons' natural habitat has often been invaded. This continuous sabotage over the course of many years excessive logging, destruction of forests, and the killing of natural predators such as tigers, hyenas, wolves, and lynxes led to the rise of the "monkey phenomenon" in different regions of the Kingdom. They began to flee from the natural areas in which they lived to agricultural areas, attacking the livelihood of farmers.
Ahmed Al-Bouq, supervisor of the national launch program and the research and breeding centers of the National Center for Wildlife, stated that
…killing the animals was not a viable solution, stressing the important issue of maintaining ecological balance.