Dehradun: Under the Provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act 1972, the Uttarakhand Government has announced stringent action for those found feeding the monkeys which may land the law violators in Jail.
The directive was a result of the state’s failure to contain the thriving polulation of the monkeys. Chief Minister Harish Rawat had raised the issue during a recent meeting with wildlife officials at a meeting of the forest Research Institute.
According to a forest official, “People throw food and fruit to monkeys on the roads, in localities and near temples. That is why they have begun living close to humans, far from the forests. Their habits have been distorted. This is resulting in accidents on roads and increasing instances of monkey bites.”
The forest officials have been instructed to spread awareness among the people about what to do and what not to do to solve the problem.