Raid on monkeys in Pitakotte

A raid was carried out to capture wild monkeys in Pittakotte this evening in an attempt to end a menace faced by area residents.

Officers with air rifles chased the monkeys and captured some of them after a monkey had bitten a child in the area close to the Rajamaha vihara temple recently.

The wild monkey menace in Pittakotte had continued for several years despite complaints being lodged with the relevant officials.

Often the monkeys damage power lines and rooftops in the area but recently a child was attacked when a monkey had climbed down a house balcony.