Conflict monkeys released into nature off Phuket coast
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Conservation has started to release the first batch of 80 monkeys on Koh Payu islet off Phuket coast in its effort to solve the human-monkey conflict. They are among the total 169 monkeys, all neutered, that were caught from seven places in Phuket where local people complained of troubles caused by these animals. The seven conflict places are Ban Tharua Bangrong, Ban Yamoo, King Kaew Soi 9, Khao Rang, Khao To Seh, Koh Surin, and Soi Thachin community. Under the plan, the monkeys will either be returned to their original places or to new places in five islets off Phuket coast. The five islets are Koh Ngam, Koh Payu, Koh Malee, Koh Phe, and Koh Thanan. The first batch of 80 monkeys was released to their new home on a 26-rai Koh Payu yesterday morning where park officials have already installed water...
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