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$7 To Kill A Monkey


Indian northern state Himachal Pradesh is offering locals $7 to kill a monkey. Officials had tried different methods to control the monkey population but even sterilization had had limited success.  So they're now offering monetary rewards.

Local forest minister Thakur Singh Bharmouri said that "People were demanding that the incentive be increased to INR 500 ($7.46). So we have raised it."

There are about 200,000 monkeys in the region. The government says they're causing large scale destruction of agriculture costing the state nearly $30 million/year. The destruction of natural habitats has forced wild animals to move to human settlements in search of food and shelter.