ISLAMABAD: Monkeys living in the federal capital’s lush green Margalla Hills National Park (MHNP) have descended to residential areas in search of food after the metropolis embraced a virtual lockdown due to coronavirus.
Talking to APP, IWMB Assistant Director (AD) Sakhawat Ali said the residents of sectors F-6 and F-7 had complained about monkeys entering local apartments.
After the lockdown, he said, there was a decline in the number of visitors and hikers visiting MHNP where visitors used to feed the monkeys. “This is why people are forbidden to feed animals. Mot only will human-fed food item have bad impacts on their health but now they are here for more,” he added.
Sakhawat mentioned that monkeys were not hostile to human beings rather but they do attack or become offensive when someone tries to hurt them.
He advised the masses to stay calm while encountering any monkey and keep food items well hidden.
“People should also take care of their laundry hanged outside to dry. Monkeys have a habit of taking away clothes left outside if they find nothing in search of food,” he advised.
He went on to mention that monkeys used to enter IWMB offices at the hiking trails and remove the lid of water tanks installed on the roofs.
The IWMB official also mentioned that some people were acting selfish and putting everyone at a risk by still visiting the trails, especially trail-3.
He urged the masses to stay at home and practice social distancing to contain the outbreak of coronavirus.
It merits mention here that other wildlife has been venturing into human territories after a complete lockdown in different countries across the world. Wild boars in Spain, pumas in Argentina, wild goats in the United Kingdom (UK) and elephants in India have been seen roaming in the streets.