Chonburi launches monkey population control

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Four agencies in Chonburi have agreed to co-operate in a monkey population control campaign in response to residents’ complaints about their invasion into human communities.

Khet Udomsak Subdistrict Municipality has signed an agreement with the Royal Thai Marine Corps, Sattahip Naval Base, and Protected Areas Regional Office 2 in support of the project. A team of veterinarians was sent out to sterilize 150 male monkeys around Krom Luang Chumphon Camp.

Government offices in the camp’s compound and nearby areas have repeatedly been plagued by monkeys of which the population is believed to have exceeded 1,600. Limited food sources have caused them to forage for food in human communities and sometimes attack people.

Apart from sterilization, the four agencies also plan to launch a series of activities to stem the spread of monkeys and their encounters with people.