Bhubaneswar, Sept 10 (LocalWire): With a rogue monkey unleashing a reign of terror and killing a septuagenarian woman in a village on the outskirts of Nandankanan zoological park today, forest department officials have embarked on a drive to capture it.
There are reports of the animal injuring several others though mostly children are included in its ‘hit-list’.
Two skilled teams from the wildlife wing are now camping in the village to capture it, said city divisional forest officer, Ashok Mishra.
‘The forest personnel attempted to cage the monkey but the animal got scent of the operation and disappeared. We may use sedatives to tame it,’ he said.
The team offered banana and other fruits to entice the monkey but the animal gauged the ploy and fled.
The crowd also hampered the move to cage the animal, Mishra said.
Quite often, various parts of the state are bearing the brunt of monkey menace.
In coastal districts all villages are by and large hit by monkey menace.
Apart from launching attack on humans, the itinerant animals ravage crops and vegetable cultivation at regular intervals.
Monkeys found in these parts are mostly leaf and fruit eating animals.
But loss of tree cover due to Cyclone Fani has triggered food shortage for these species.