Himachal vets to sterilise Uttarakhand monkeys

  • Nihi Sharma Sahani, Hindustan Times, Dehradun
  • Updated: Oct 01, 2015 16:23 IST
Forest officials say they are fed up of monkey menace. (HT Photo)

Vets from Himachal Pradesh along with their two local counterparts would sterilise Uttarakhand monkeys at Chidiapur Rescue Centre in Hardwar from October 6, forest officials said on Wednesday.

Fed up with monkey menace for several years, the state forest department sought the help of the HP forest department to deal with the problem, they said.

Chief wildlife warden Digvijay Singh Khati had visited Himachal Pradesh early this week to discuss the issue with the vets of that state, sources said, adding 15 monkeys were caught and kept at the centre for sterilisation.

Khati told Hindustan Times, “Four veterinary doctors and two pharmacists from HP would come to Chidiapur Rescue Centre. Once we start the work there, we will begin it at Ranibagh and Almora rescue centres.”

The team from HP would stay in the state till October 12 and after that three veterinarians of the Uttarakhand forest department would conduct surgeries, said Khati, adding a memorandum of understanding (MoU) was inked between HP and Uttarakhand forest departments for it.

HP forest officials were also helping their Uttarakhand counterparts procure medicines and equipment from Germany, he added.

Once the sterilisation began at all the three rescue centres, there were plans to start it at Kaudiya in Tehri, he said.

State forest minister Dinesh Agarwal said, “Every place of Uttarakhand is witnessing monkey menace, so a permanent measure was needed to

tackle it.”

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