Farmers paint dogs to look like tigers to scare away monkeys

Hapless farmers in the South Indian state of Karnataka who have been struggling to deal with intense monkey infestations in their farms started painting their dogs in tiger stripes to scare away monkey troops.

The monkey menace in Malnad region in Shivamogga indiscriminately destroyed crops in farms around the areas has led to a major problem for farmers.

Farmer Srikant Gowda who owned the dog said he got the idea of using fake tigers to scare away monkeys four years ago when he visited Uttara Kannada. He found a farmer in Bhatkal who was using a fake tiger doll to scare away monkeys. Gowda tried the same tactic in his areca field and realised it worked.

The paint is made of hair dye and lasts up to a month before fading.

The farmer has also put up posters of his dog and and that of tigers in the grass to scare away rogue monkeys.