The number of macaques found at Khao Takiab which is located in the district of Hua Hin continues to increase rapidly into several hundreds. There have been several complaints made by the local residents as well as the tourists staying at a 5 star resort in Hua Hin regarding the nuisance made by the species in the well-known tourist spot. As a response, the district decided to sterilize some of the macaques.
According to officials working for the district, approximately 500 macaques out of the 3,000 population have already undergone the sterilization process. They were trapped at first in order for it to be possible.
The operations were all conducted at the municipality of Hua Hin where the Hua Hin Dog Shelter is located. They started the operation last month and it commenced on a Friday until Thursday of the following week. The veterinarians in charge of the sterilization are working for the (DNP) or Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation while some are studying at the Mahidol University.
The officials who are working at the DNP started the process by putting in a large cage fronting the statue of Guan Yin located at KhaoTakiab. This is done in order to catch the elusive monkeys. Fruits were used as baits in order for the macaques to enter the cage.
They placed the cage on a Thursday and the following day there are a number of monkeys that have already been trapped inside the cage. Visitors on the tourist spot are advised not to feed the monkeys but they can provide food which the officials will be one to give to the macaques inside the cage.
According to the chief of the PhanthaiNorasing Wildlife Reserve located in SamutSakhon, PojThapprathum, the sterilization was a process they have to do in order to control the increasing population of the macaques found in KhaoTakiab.
Villagers have been complaining before about the troubles brought by the monkeys to the local residents as well as visitors staying at a 5 star resort in Hua Hin and various accommodations in the district. Everyone were in agreement that the process was necessary and the locals are satisfied by the actions of the municipality.