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Workshop held in Himachal's Solan district to discuss human-monkey conflict
A workshop was held at Barog in Solan District of Himachal Pardesh to discuss the human-monkey conflict. Tarun Kapoor, Principal Secretary Forests Himachal Pradesh during the concluding session said to the participants and others that such type of workshop are useful for different field functionaries and should be a regular annual feature, so that problems and solutions to the conflict may be discussed at the same platform and further improvement may be shared.

He also directed the officers of the forest department to make proper documentation of the conflict and remedies. 

As delegates from other states were also present in the workshop, he stated that such workshop will help other states to tackle the problem and the Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh will also get the benefit of the experiences of other states.

He also directed the wild life wing of the Himachal Pradesh Forest Department to publish a booklet in which different issues of the problem may be highlighted along with the techniques of monkey catching.

The workshop was organised by the Wild Life Wing of the Forest Department of Himachal Pradesh.

Experts and delegates from different states of the country like Jammu Kashmir, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Chandigarh, Bihar and NGOs like Wild Life SoS, Humane Society International Bangalore, Research associate working on the behavioral aspects of monkeys from University of California participated in the workshop.

It was told during the workshop that population of monkeys is decreasing and is 2,07,614 in the state as per latest census during 2015. It was also told that eight monkey sterilization centers are there in the state and 1,17,000 monkeys has already been sterilized in these centers.

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