Thai PBS World reports that Hua Hin is starting mass sterilization of monkeys to control their population
The programme is administered by Thailand’s National Park, the Department of Wildlife and Plant Protection and will allow for the sterilization of 600 long-tailed macaques.
Monkeys live on the hills of Kao Takiab and Han Hin Lek Fai in Hua Hin. The sterilisation programme will be in place until 7 September. It is hoped that these measures to control the monkey population will solve the problems faced by tourists visiting the region.
Busaba Chokesuhart, deputy mayor Hua Hina, said there are about 3,000 macaques living on Kao Takiab Hill and that it is important to repeat the sterilisation programme regularly so as not to lose control over their numbers.
In addition to the sterilisation programme, the programme also provides an opportunity to assess the health status of the monkeys, Laksana Prasitachai, a veterinarian at the department, will check that they do not have any infectious diseases that can be transmitted to humans or other animals.
The authorities of Vietnamese Danang also have problems with monkeys. There, biologists ask tourists to stop feeding animals until they have forgotten how to get their own food. And while the excess salt in the food has not made them absolutely bald.
Source: The Thaiger. Translation: Anna Boyko.