06 May '11, 4am

Hong Kong's govt has introduced birth control to curb a boom in the population... of monkeys

Hong Kong's govt has introduced birth control to curb a boom in the population... of monkeys

A rhesus macaque monkey looks on in Hong Kong. Wildlife experts say monkeys come into conflict with humans when their natural habitats in forests are destroyed. -- PHOTO: AFP HONG KONG - WILD monkeys don't seem to care that Hong Kong is a concrete jungle - they thrive so well on its fringes that the government has introduced birth control to curb a population boom. Easy food handouts from some of the city's seven million humans helped push macaque numbers to more than 2,000 in recent years - and a rise in nuisance complaints about monkeys that have lost a natural fear of people. 'I think we still have plenty of space for wildlife. But the countryside and the city are adjacent to each other and sometimes there is conflict,' said Mr Chung-tong Shek of the government's conservation department. Reports of aggressive monkeys chasing hikers for food, grabbing bags and reaching f...

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