The Karnataka government has decided to develop a monkey park on 100 acres in Shivamogga district to control their menace and to protect crops in the region.
On Tuesday, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa chaired a meeting along with Ministers, Chief Secretary, forest officials, MLAs and farmer representatives from Shivamogga district regarding damage caused by wild animals to crops in the region.
Sharing details of the meeting, Tirthahalli MLA Araga Jnanendra, who hails from the region, on Wednesday said, "we hadbrought to the notice of the government the menacecaused by wild animals by destroying our crops, and the Chief Minister has responded positively.
"In the meeting yesterday two of our demands like installation of solar fence by the government to check wild buffaloes and setting up of monkey park to stop monkeymenace were discussed.
"The government has agreed to set up a monkeypark at Nagodi in Hosanagara taluk of Shivamogga in 100 acreson a pilot basis," he added.
The Chief Minister is also said to havetaken forest officials to task during the meeting on Tuesdayand asked them to plant fruit bearing trees in the forests.
Asking officials to prepare a report on how to set up monkey park on a pilot basis, he said if proved successful, it can be replicated in other places also.
Yediyurappa represents Shikaripura constituency in Shivamogga district, and his son B Y Raghavendra is the Memberof Parliament from Shivamogga.
Jnanendra said the monkey park concept has been tested inHimachal Pradesh and Assam, and the government has agreed to send a team of forest officials, MLAs and farmer representatives to study it.
It has beendecided to look at the possibilities of controllingmonkey menace at the proposed park, where adequate food will be made available to them.
The Deputy Commissioner of Shivamogga has been instructedby the government to provide land for this purpose near Nagodiimmediately, he said adding regarding installation ofsolar fence forest department officials have been asked to prepare an estimate and send it to the government.
Highlighting the "loot" caused by animals from the forest especially monkeys and wild buffaloes, Jnanendra said their numbers have increased, also forest laws havebecome stringent.
Vegetable crops, arecanut, pepper, banana, cardamom crops are the ones that are most affected, he said.
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