Rangers and police in central Vietnam have stepped up efforts to trap a troop of monkeys after they bit three locals and killed four dogs, an official said on Monday.
Nguyen Phuoc Son, chairman of the Que Son District administration in Quang Nam Province, said that police officers were working to capture the aggressive apes.
As the monkeys have not been captured yet, the authorities have issued a warning to locals about the potential danger, he added.
A troop of monkeys has rampaged through Que My Commune in Que Son District over the past few days.
Three individuals sustained severe injuries after being bitten by the monkeys, while the wild animals also attacked and fatally bit four domestic dogs.
The monkey attack punctured Phan Nguyen Nhi’s femoral artery, leading to an emergency situation that required him to be urgently transported to Da Nang Hospital for treatment.
Another victim was identified as Dang Thi Ba, who suffered a large bite that required 15 stitches for treatment.
The district had never experienced the presence of macaques before, so their sudden appearance and subsequent attacks have shocked and frightened the local residents, according to the official from Que Son District.
Residents have been advised not to provoke or tease the monkeys when they encounter them, according to Son.
He added that police and rangers are intensifying their efforts to identify the monkey species and develop strategies to capture them.