Jahangeer Ganaie

Monkey menace: Presence of hundreds of primates scares Achabal residents

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Anantnag: The presence of hundreds of monkeys in residential areas of Achabal hamlet in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district has created a scare among the locals. The residents have claimed that the large number of monkey presence has led to their crops getting damaged as well.
The residents of Achabal said that since last one year they have been suffering as hundreds of monkeys are roaming in the area there by irking the local residents.
A local residents said that around 400 monkeys are roaming in the area due to which children and women are scared to come out of their homes.
“Our children have left going to school and their movement remains confined to their houses as it seems Achabal has been turned into a zoo,” he said, adding that dozens of people were injured so far in the area after they were attacked by herds of monkeys.
Another local said that despite taking up issue with the forest and wildlife department no attention is being given towards the problem.
A group of local women said that wildlife department should ensure to make the area safe or provide the residents some safer place so that they can live with ease.
“Our life has become miserable due to the monkey menace as our children have been the most vulnerable,” they said.
“If we keep our clothes for drying in open spaces they too are being taken by monkeys besides that our crops, vegetables and other things are being damaged by them,” they said.
The locals requested the district administration to look into the matter at an earliest so that they can heave a sigh of relief.


Jahangeer Ganaie

Jahangeer Ganaie is a reporter and covers regional news and can be contacted ganaie@kashmirvision.in

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