Lockdown delays train resulting in rise in human-elephant confrontation; six killed in elephant assaults since January
The Forest Division efficiently captured two tuskers, identified for inflicting bother 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 area 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 crew 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 Mountain 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 battle. The sixth loss of life this 12 months was that of Okay.S. Biddaiah, 77, who was trampled to loss of life a few metres away from his home at Kuniganahalli.
Forest Division 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 Okay.N. Basavaraj stated that operation to seize demanded the involvement of 120-150 individuals. Contemplating their security, the division had urged deferring the operation.
Forest Division 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 might be cautious. Nonetheless, tuskers separated from herds have been inflicting bother.