Somewhere in Uttarakhand....

After Himachal Pradesh, the forest department of Uttarakhand has decided to declare monkeys “vermin” in the state, allowing the local authorities to cull the animal. The decision has been given in-principle go-ahead by CM Trivendra Singh Rawat who headed the 14th State Wildlife Board meeting in Dehradun.

The officials claimed monkeys are becoming a nuisance for farmers as they are ruining their crops and attacks by monkeys have gone up in urban areas. Specifically the monkeys are the rhesus macaque (Macaca mulatta) — in Red List of IUCN’s threatened species. “We are yet to finalise the proposal which will be sent to the Centre for final clearance,” Rajiv Bhartari, chief wildlife warden said.

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