Authorities in Phuket announced yesterday (September 18) that it had been agreed to relocate some of the monkey population to nearby smaller islands.
After complaints from locals and tourists about the monkey’s behaviour.
A meeting was held between the Governor of Phuket Norapat Plodthong and wildlife officials to discuss the rising concern that the monkeys behaviour was causing.
The monkeys in question are the pig-tailed and long-tailed macaques that were found on Rang Hill, Sae Hill, Soi Thanun and several other locations.
There had been reports of the monkeys stealing items and attacking the public for food.
A plan is being put in place to relocate some of the trouble making primates to five islands around Phuket to reduce the monkey population in areas frequently visited by tourists and locals.
Governor Norapat said that they are attributing the monkeys change in behaviour to visitors giving them food and noted that the monkeys in Phuket are not as aggressive as those seen in other provinces.
Source : Thenation
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