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Phuket to deport troublesome monkeys, reducing indigenous populations

Sep 19. 2017
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By Phuket Gazette

Phuket authorities on Monday agreed to move monkeys to nearby smaller islands after receiving complaints of them attacking people.

Phuket Governor Norapat Plodthong met with wildlife officials to discuss the “many” reports from residents and tourists about problems the monkeys were causing.

Norapat said the pig-tailed and long-tailed macaques involved live in Rang Hill, To Sae Hill, Soi Thanun, Soi Ginggaew 9 in Koh Siray, Bangrong Pier and Baan Yamu.

They have stolen items and attacked people for food or for no clear reason, he said.

The governor said some of the troublesome monkeys would be moved to “secure ecosystems” on five islands around Phuket to reduce their populations in the problem areas frequented by humans on Phuket proper.

“However, after a survey, we found that the monkeys in Phuket are not as aggressive as in other provinces that face similar monkey problems,” he said. “Their behaviour has changed because of visitors giving them food.”

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