The St. Kitts and Nevis Task Force was created in order to control the African vervet monkey population. This pest has wreaked havoc in the country since the 16th century. While the monkeys have an economical value, contributing to the Tourism sector and even the medical fields (research for vaccinations against a multitude of viruses.) they have caused a loss of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the agriculture industry for the country.
There was a podcast featuring biological anthropological, human primate conflict, and ethnoprimatology expert and national co-ordinator of the St. Kitts and Nevis Invasive Species Project, Dr. Kerry Dore, and a member of the Task Force on the topic of controlling the monkey population.
Learn more about St. Kitts and Nevis Task Force and listen to this podcast click here.