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Agra businessmen pay to end monkey menace

Agras business community is providing financial aid for the relocation of hundreds of monkeys who are a source of trouble to residents.

Agra, May 24 : Agra's business community is providing financial aid for the relocation of hundreds of monkeys who are a source of trouble to residents.

The civic authorities have decided provide trained personnel to catch these monkeys.

"The entire operation can be carried out only by experts, who have been especially called from Mathura and Gurgaon. They catch the monkeys scientifically and see that they are not harassed. So, we have arranged well with the team. The civic authorities pay for the transport and the campaign is jointly being funded and undertaken," said Mukhesh Jain, a businessmen.

Agra has been plagued by simians for the past ten years, and this has forced people to restrict their movement outside due to fear of attack.

"There was so much of terror here because of these monkeys that we could not venture out of our houses. We carry sticks with us in order to protect us if attacked by the monkeys. This initiative is commendable and should be carried on," said Vimalnath Sharma, a resident.

Estimates say over the last three years, the monkey population has grown by 50 percent in the state and the number is still on a rise.

Environmentalists say growing pressure on forests has led to depletion of animal habitats. The simians were forced to migrate to human habitats as the forest cover shrunk often coming in conflict with residents.

ANI

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