Monkey count in Himachal down, but menace still continues

SHIMLA- The much-awaited results of the monkey population estimation undertaken in July last year have indicated a marginal decline in the number of simians and also indicated the hot spots where their number is exceptionally high.The Wildlife wing of the Forest Department has finally compiled the monkey census that was undertaken all over the state in July 2015. It is based on this data that the Forest Department will move the case of declaration of the monkeys as vermins in the hot spots, where their number is quite high.The eight monkey sterilization centers functioning in the state are located at various locations in the state.The loss caused by monkeys to crops and fruits runs into several crores and in several places like Kullu, Solan, Mandi and Sirmaur farmers have given up cultivation of maize and vegetables.

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