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Concerns over Phuket wild monkeys as they risk entering homes to steal food

PHUKET: Residents at a worker’s camp in Chalong have expressed their concern over a troupe of wild monkeys that risk entering homes in the camp to steal food.

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By Eakkapop Thongtub

Saturday 16 June 2018, 02:50PM


Residents at a workers’ camp in Soi Yodsanae called local rescue officials to try to catch the monkeys this morning after more of the cheeky simians descended from the trees to steal food from inside one of the homes at about 10am.

“The monkeys come down from the trees and onto the roofs of the homes. They scoot down to steal food and then quickly retreat back to the roofs and into the trees,” one of the residents explained.

The residents in the camp are concerned that the monkeys are hungry and coming in such close contact with people, and willing to risk raiding homes for food.

“You can see when they get the food, they are really hungry,” another resident said, worried that there is not enough food in the wilds left in the nearby hills for the monkeys to survive on.

Despite their best efforts, officials and rescue workers were unable to catch any of the monkeys at camp this morning, despite trying to lure the monkeys down with tamarind and deep-fried Patong Goh snacks.

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Meanwhile, further north on the island the campaign continues to catch wild monkeys in other areas of the island to have large numbers of them sterilised, and some troupes of monkeys relocated to island separate islands offshore, Koh Payu and Koh Thanan, both located jst off Pa Khlok on Phuket's east. (See story here.)

Pongchart Chouehorm, Director of the Natural and Wildlife Education Centre at Khao Phra Theaw nature reserve in Thalang, reported yesterday (June 15) that 34 monkeys were caught in cages at Soi Tha Jeen in Rassada and a further 37 monkeys were caught in cages set up at Soi Kingkaew 9, also in Rassada.

The latest monkeys snared yesterday brought the total number of monkeys caught since the campaign began on Tuesday (June 12, see story here) to 157.

The monkeys will be taken to a site near Bang Pae Waterfall in the Khao Phra Thaew Wildlife Sanctuary to be sterilised, Mr Pongchart confirmed.

 

 

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Kurt | 18 June 2018 - 09:05:22

It looks like deporting monkeys to these small islands is a artificial creation of quick natural starvation. ( we didn't kill the monkeys, they just died)
The set up of a few water drums on these very  small islands is just a cover up.

BenPendejo | 17 June 2018 - 22:02:28

Curious to see what happens when they dump large batches of monkeys on these uninhabited islands without adequate food.  I predict that this will be another completely botched attempt at wildlife management by clueless Phuket officials.  I would be willing to bet there are no other countries that poll residents to determine what move wildlife officials should take next.

Asterix | 17 June 2018 - 19:30:25

All mountainous hills behind the camp are protected as national forests.
So greedy land encroachers cut the jungle to grow rubber or to build houses, real estate housing or condos as well doing businesses such as elephant trek or 4-wheeled squad motorcycle tours.
Please, give back to their wild animals their virgin forests.

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