Saturday, June 19, 2021

Jumbos involved in man-animal conflict captured

Lockdown delays train resulting in rise in human-elephant confrontation; six killed in elephant assaults since January

The Forest Department efficiently captured two tuskers, recognized for inflicting hassle in components of Sakleshpur and Alur taluks, on Thursday. The latest deaths of individuals in elephant assaults had pressured the division to seize the tuskers, nicknamed Gunda and Mountain. As many as six individuals died in elephant assaults since this January.


The division started the operation early on Thursday. Watchers and different discipline employees noticed Mountain and succeeded in captuing it after tranquillising it. By night, Gunda was additionally captured. Veterinarians, who have been a part of the workforce on the spot, fired tranquillisers, following which the animal was captured with the assistance of tame elephants.

Forest officers have determined to launch Gunda at M.M. Hills after tying a radio collar round its neck and take Mounta in to Cauvery Nisarga Dhama in Kodagu.


There had been a delay in capturing the tuskers owing to the COVID-19 lockdown, resulting in elevated human-elephant conflict. The sixth demise this yr was that of Ok.S. Biddaiah, 77, who was trampled to demise a few metres away from his home at Kuniganahalli.

Forest Department officers in Hassan submitted detailed profiling of the animals and acquired permission to seize them from the PCCF (Wildlife) on April 27.

Deputy Conservator of Forests of Hassan Ok.N. Basavaraj stated that operation to seize demanded the involvement of 120-150 individuals. Considering their security, the division had advised deferring the operation.

Forest Department employees monitor the motion of herds with the assistance of the radio collars and inform the native individuals concerning the presence of the tuskers in order that they could possibly be cautious. However, tuskers separated from herds have been inflicting hassle.

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