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| Last Updated:19/04/2024

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Bonnet macaque carcasses in Karnataka village highlight struggle between farmers and monkeys in region



The recent discovery of carcasses of 27 bonnet macaque monkeys in a village in Dakshina Kannada district, Karnataka has highlighted the human-monkey conflict in the region as human habitations and farming take over forests, leaving little for the wildlife, which in turn enter human habiatations to forage for food.


The carcasses were found in a ravine in Guthigaru village, Sullia taluk, in the fringe areas of the Western Ghats. A post about the incident made the rounds on social media and brought it to light. Very young monkeys were also among the dead. Forest officials in the range suspect the animals were poisoned somewhere else and the carcasses were later dumped in this village.


Forest officers said the incident was an indication that the bonnet macaques were inside human habiatations foraging for food in coconut plantations and fruit farms. Similar macabre incidents were reported in 2019 in Tumakuru and in 2021 in Uppinangady.