Shimla: Wildlife wardens shot dead a Hanuman Langur (Baboon) on Friday, after chasing the wayward animal for 5 days, for he had taken a fancy to slapping hapless human pedestrians at will and bitten a dozen people who tried to resist.
Heaving a sigh of relief forest official RK Raj reported that the animal had been brought down at around noon.
â€œThe animal had to be shot as we failed to tranquilize as well as trap the animal,â€ said Raj. Over a dozen people had been injured by the animal that belongs to the Hanuman Monkey sub-specie of baboon family, he added.
One of those injured by the animal attack is said to be a councilor of Shimla Municipal Corporation.
About a week ago, the langur was reported to be confronting pedestrians in the Nabha, Fagli and Tutikandi locality of the city and vanishing into the trees after slapping them.
After attempts to trap him failed, the wildlife wardens attempted to tranquilize the animal.
â€œThree days ago, at dusk hour, a tranquilizing gunshot did hit the animal but before the chemical could take effect he escaped into a dark area of the forest and could not be located,â€ said Raj.
Others say from the next day the langur starting attacking and biting people.
Not considered an isolated incident; behavioral changes have been noticed in langurs over the past decade and more and more humans being attacked are being reported.
Two months ago, an elderly man was attacked by another langur at the local bus stand, close to Rippon hospital.
To control the rising populations of simians in the hill station, the government has launched an ambitious sterilization program at Tutikandi itself.
In over three years, a total of 13357 simians, mainly monkeys, were trapped around Shimla of which 11,599 were sterilized at Tutikandi centre, records with the wildlife department revealed.