By Prasanna Padmasiri
More than 100 monkeys in Lunugala faced disappointment when their ‘monkey pranks’ came to an end after they were caught by the authorities for stealing food and annoying residents of the area. The monkeys were captured after a special raid was conducted by the wildlife authorities.
The residents of the area who were facing hardship due to the monkey menace had complained to the Wildlife Conservation Dept and the Divisional Secretariat that the ‘culprits’ entered their houses and gulped down food and caused extensive damage to the crops in the home gardens. Many children who were bitten by the monkeys obtained treatment at the hospital.
It is for the first time in the country that a programme to capture monkeys has been launched, wildlife authorities said.
The guilty monkeys have been released back into the Maduraoya forest reserve causing an end to their luxury life.