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Phuket to hold public hearings on plan to isolate monkeys

May 16. 2018
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By The Nation

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The Phuket provincial administration will hold five public hearings on its plan to round up pig-tailed macaques and crab-eating macaques and isolate them on a small island.

Phuket governor Naraphat Plodthong said the hearings would be held on May 22, May 24, May 25, May 27 and May 28 from 9am to 12pm.

The governor said the provincial administration had surveyed the area and found seven spots that were overcrowded with monkeys, and this was affecting local people and tourists.

Five of the spots are in Tambon Talad Yai in Muang district, at Khao Rung mountain, Khao Toh mountain, mangrove forests on Soi Thachin, and mangrove forests on Soi King Kaew 9 and Koh Sireh. The two other spots are at mangrove forests in Ban Bang Rong and Ban Yamu villages in Tambon Pa Klok in Thalang district.

Pongchart Chuahom, chief of the Khao Phra Thew Nature and Wildlife Study Centre in Thalang, said his centre would start sterilising the monkeys in June.

He said the procedures would be performed in the meeting room of the Muang Phuket Municipality.

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