Mathura, 2019-11-13 (VT): The towns of Mathura-Vrindavan can finally expect respite from the ‘Monkey Menace’ that had escalated to the point of grave man-animal conflict in the two cities. After a prolonged discussion with scientists and subject matter experts held at the Deen Dayal Veterinary University, the district administration has allotted 25 acres of land for a Monkey Rescue Centre in Mathura.
DM Sarvagya Ram Mishra and intellectuals from all across the country participated in the seminar that was held on Monday. Keeping in mind the rapidly growing monkey population, 25 acres of land in Chaumuha Block has been allotted to the forest department and also registered in revenue records.
The DFO Mukesh Sharma was directed to prepare the draft proposal by December, and try for approval from the Union Government simultaneously.
The rescue centre will provide food, water and medical facilities for the monkeys. The ones that are caught with TB and other infections will be treated before being released in the Chambal badlands. Noted animal experts who attended the seminar have also been asked to evaluate the pros and cons of male and female monkey sterilisation.
Commenting on the development, she told PTI, “Once the draft proposal is prepared, I will raise the issue in Parliament. This is a serious subject and needs to be tackled at the national level.”
According to the Wildlife Census 2019, there are 21,707 simians in Braj area.