Wild mon­keys a nui­sance in Ban­dar Baru Sri Petaling

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KUALA LUMPUR: A res­i­dent in Ban­dar Baru Sri Petaling here has com­plained about wild mon­keys roam­ing the neigh­bour­hood.

John Fong, 56, said for the last one month, the mon­keys had been “liv­ing” with the res­i­dents and cre­at­ing a nui­sance in the area.

He said per­haps the an­i­mals’ habi­tat near the hous­ing area had been en­croached to make way for de­vel­op­ment.

“Not only are the mon­keys fright­en­ing, they fid­dle with the closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion cam­era (CCTV) in­stalled out­side my house.

“The CCTV footage showed the mon­keys mov­ing the cam­era and roam­ing on the rooftop.

“I had to call the main­te­nance per­son­nel to re­po­si­tion the CCTV.”

Fong said the mon­keys also stole food from the ven­dor op­er­at­ing near the main road.

He was con­cerned about the hy­giene of the neigh­bour­hood due to the scaveng­ing an­i­mals.

He urged the Wildlife and Na­tional Parks Depart­ment (Per­hili­tan) to take im­me­di­ate ac­tion.

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Per­hili­tan di­rec­tor-gen­eral Ab­dul Kadir Abu Has­san said the depart­ment had de­ployed a team to the area to look into the mat­ter.

He said the team set up traps, in­clud­ing metal cages, and placed food in them to lure the mon­keys.

“We caught about 40 wild mon­keys and re­leased them into forests and parks.

“We are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion. We be­lieve the mon­keys are still roam­ing in the res­i­den­tial area.

“We sus­pect that some an­i­mal lovers have freed the an­i­mals from the cages.

“Ban­dar Baru Sri Petaling is an area where a large pop­u­la­tion of mon­keys live. That is why there is a huge num­ber of them in the res­i­den­tial area. Their habi­tat may have been cleared for de­vel­op­ment.”

Mon­keys roam­ing on a rooftop in Ban­dar Baru Sri Petaling.

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