Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Baby elephant rescued from a well by villagers in India

A baby elephant has been rescued from inside a well near the Indian village of Bundu.

The young calf fell into the unused 12-foot-deep well, which was hidden by brush on all sides, after being separated from its herd, according to Sky News.

The villagers heard the young elephants' cries, and called in a rescue team to help after realizing that the well was too deep for them to hoist the calf out of it.

"The elephant may have come in search of its mother here and was roaming in the jungles when he fell inside the well," Arjun Badaik, assistant conservator of forests Khunti division, told the Times of India.

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“Elephant taunting” is now a thing in India

Environmentalist website Conservation India is reporting on the rise of a new and disturbing spectator sport that has emerged in south India's Coimbatore forests. It's the practice of "elephant taunting," a bizarre and incredibly dangerous activity in which onlookers harass elephants to the point of retaliation. The activity has likely contributed to the dramatic rise in Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) over the past couple of years, prompting locals and environmentalists to call upon the authorities to put a stop to the ridiculous practice.

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Elephant rejuvenation camp concludes

COIMBATORE: After 48 days of unwinding and rejuvenation, 34 temple elephants from different parts of Tamil Nadu left the annual camp on the banks of Bhavani river at Thekkumpatti near Mettupalayam here on Saturday evening to their respective places. The Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments (HR&CE) department had organized the camp in the proximity of famous Vanabadrakaliamman Temple to help the temple elephants regain their vitality. For the first time, the camp was organized in the plains to avoid elephants travelling log distance in trucks through the steep Nilgiri ghat roads to reach Mudumalai elephant camp.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Central team takes stock of elephant deaths

BHUBANESWAR: Worried over the frequent incidents of elephant deaths in Odisha, the Centre on Saturday rushed two senior officials here to take stock of the situation.

The two-member investigating official team comprising Additional Director General (Wildlife) S S Gabrial and IG (wildlife) A M Singh met forest minister Bijayashree Routray and discussed the elephant deaths, including the December 30 in which five elephants were run over by Coromandal Express at Subalaya in Ganjam district.

Odisha in 2012 officially recorded nearly 60 elephants deaths, many due to electrocution and train hits. The team visited Subalaya, and spoke to the assistant executive engineer, Balugaon, representing the East Coast Railway and the local people. The officials wanted to meet the level-crossing gateman but he was not available.

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

"India requires planned management to tackle human-elephant conflict"

MYSORE: Steering committee of Project elephant of ministry of environment and forests member and elephant expert Ajai A Desai on Tuesday felt the need to have planned management to tackle human-elephant conflict in Karnataka.

Speaking at the Mysore Zoo's monthly conservation speak on 'The Human-elephant conflict in Karnataka,' at Mysore zoo, Desai, who is also co-chairman of international union for conservation of nature, claimed seriousness of human-elephant conflict in Karnataka is less compared to other parts of India. But authorities should not show complacency about the situation rather should work systematically before the situation turn worse, he advised.

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Five Indian elephants run over by train in Orissa

Five elephants have been killed after being hit by a passenger train in the eastern Indian state of Orissa.

The animals were hit when their herd was crossing railway tracks in the Rambha forest area, a railway spokesman, RN Mohapatra, said.

The state's wildlife department said its warning asking trains to slow down because elephants were moving in the area was ignored.

Nearly 300 elephants have been killed in Orissa in the past five years.

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New rules to make life miserable for temple elephants

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Even as the festival season across the state is set to begin, a new set of rules notified by the forest and wildlife department is likely to prove detrimental to elephants employed in temples.

The Kerala captive elephants (Management and Maintenance) rules, 2012, say elephants can be used for processions for up to nine hours a day. The new timings for processions are 6-11 am and 4 to 8 pm. This notification is in violation of a 2008 Kerala high court order which directed that elephant processions should not go beyond three hours a day.

There are around 700 captive elephants in the state. Last season alone, 716 elephant attacks occurred and 42 people lost their lives. Most of the violent incidents occurred as their owners, looking to make an extra buck, pushed the elephants beyond their limit ignoring the animals' fatigue, musth period or other ailments.

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Poachers shoot elephant in Assam, hack it to pieces

JORHAT: An adult male elephant was shot dead and its flesh cut away in Dulung reserve forest in Assam's Lakhimpur district after it was shot dead by poachers late on Thursday. Poachers also beheaded the elephant and took away its trunk, tusks, and limbs before escaping from the forest. Forest officials said efforts were on to nab the culprits.

"We're looking for the poachers, but no one has been arrested so far," an official said. "A preliminary probe suggests that three people sneaked into Dulung forest to kill the reserve's only elephant on Thursday. They shot it dead and cut it into pieces at night. Although we got the information about the gang's operation, they managed to escape."

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Marginal rise in state's elephant population

KOCHI: The elephant population in the four reserves - Periyar, Nilambur, Anamala and Wayanad - in the state has shown a marginal increase in the past two years.

An analysis of the data collected in a survey conducted in May indicates that there are around 6,100 elephants in Kerala forests as against 6,026 in the last survey conducted in 2010, forest department officials said.

The survey is being conducted every two years as part of the national-level elephant census.

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Legal cover for elephant corridors soon: Jayanthi

NEW DELHI: Environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan told the National Board of Wildlife meeting on Wednesday that a committee had been set up to review the eco-tourism guidelines. She also announced that the government would amend the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972 to provide legal cover to elephant corridors and look at covering other wildlife corridors which remain only as scientific concepts at the moment...

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Security: GPS fitted on two elephants in Kodagu

In an unique attempt, Global Positioning System (GPS) devices have been installed on the collars of two tamed elephants at Dubare elephant camp in Kushalnagar. It is for the first time that GPS has been installed on elephants.

Two elephants that have got the privilege of GPS are Ranjan (4) and Shivagange (11). With the installation of GPS on Saturday, the path on which the elephants walk could be traced through the internet enabled system...

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Friday, May 08, 2009

HC asks govt to shift elephant affected by TB from Nilgiris

Times of India
7 May 2009

CHENNAI: Concerned at the possibility of wild elephants contracting tuberculosis from a captive elephant that is affected with the disease, the Madras high court has asked the government to immediately shift the TB-affected temple elephant out of the Theppakkadu elephant camp in the Nilgiris.

The 58-year-old Andal, an elephant of Madurai Kallalagar Temple, was taken to the camp in the Nilgiris for treatment on January 28.

Objecting to their presence in the Nilgiris, which is home to several hundreds of wild elephants, a public interest writ petition was filed by Elephant G Rajendran, who contended that unless the TB-affected Andal is shifted out of the sanctuary region immediately, many free-ranging pachyderms too would catch infection.

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Elephants migrate to ‘de-stress’

Express News Service
07 May 2009

BHUBANESWAR: Heatwave could be a challenge for wildlife managers with depleting water sources in reserve forests, but the elephants of the Chandaka Dampara Sanctuary (CDS), for the first time, have used a traditional corridor to ‘destress’ themselves in a natural way.

Sounds strange? But it happened recently at CDS as a herd of 10 elephants has crossed the river Mahanadi and explored new water sources in Athgarh Forest Division.

Usually the corridor is used by elephants in winter to cross the sanctuary and from the point of elephant management the movement in the traditional corridors is a healthy sign.

Though DFO Akshaya Patnaik feels that there could not be any scientific link between heatwave and this movement, it could be an ‘‘instinctive learning process by the elephants and use of that acquired knowledge to cope with summer heat.’’ In fact, forests across the State had many incidents of fire this summer and also the data provided by the Forest Survey of India (FSI) corroborates this. But after the forest fire, the heatwave conditions have created more challenging situation for the wildlife officials.

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Elephant herd from Nepal sighted in Dudhwa Park

The Times of India
4 May 2009

LAKHIMPUR KHERI (UP): A herd of 40 elephants, which migrated from Nepal, has been sighted in the Dudhwa National Park, forest department officials said on Monday.

"The herd comprised three tuskers and over a dozen elephant calves with age ranging from three months to three years," Kartik Kumar Singh, district conservator of forests, North Kheri Division said.

Teams of forest as well as Dudhwa National Park authorities had been formed to keep close watch of the movement of the herd to any confrontation with local farmers, Singh said.

According to wildlife conservationists and convener of Terai Nature Conservation Society Vijay Prakash, the herd was likely to stay there for a month as the park provided adequate food and shelter.

One killed in Bankura elephant attack

The Times of India
May 4, 2009

KOLKATA: One person was killed when an elephant went berserk at Madhabpur village in Bankura district on Sunday, said police.

"Rasomoy Das, a villager, was trampled to death when the elephant suddenly attacked the residents of Madhabpur," said Bankura superintendent of police, Vishal Garg.

He said the pachyderm used to stay in the forests of the district and had, so far, not caused any harm. But it suddenly went berserk on Sunday and started attacking the locals.

Spot elephant poachers, win cash prize

Forest department plans slew of measures in three districts to check ivory smuggling
May 4, 2009
Jamshedpur, May 3: The job of tracking tusker poachers could not have been more rewarding. Literally.

The state forest department is planning to bestow cash prizes on those who will be able to provide specific information about elephant hunters and ivory smuggling in the forests of East and West Singhbhum and Seraikela-Kharsawan. The reward forms a part of the slew of measures that the department has decided to take to check poaching in the command area of Project Elephant.

As per the proposal, a contingency fund of Rs 1 lakh will be set up to give the rewards. But details are yet to be chalked out. The other suggestions include employing trackers for every lone tusker that is susceptible to poaching and setting up of check-dams in core and buffer areas of the forest to monitor the movement of the animals.

S.R. Natesh, the divisional forest officer of Saranda, is said to have recommended these proposals. A final nod from the state is awaited.

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Mother, child trampled to death by elephant

The Economic Times
30 Apr 2009

TEZPUR (Assam): Two members of a family, including a child, were killed and another seriously injured when they were attacked by wild elephants at Chariduar reserve forest in Assam last night, forest officials said.

The herd of pachyderms trampled to death the mother and her two-year old son and wounded the father when they were sleeping at home, near the Nameri wildlife sanctuary, they said.

The injured man is being treated at a hospital where his condition is reported to be serious, officials said.

Elephants trample Indian democratic process

April 27, 2009

Rampaging elephants in the Indian state of Jharkhand are disrupting the country’s parliamentary elections.

Herds of elephants often break out heavily forested areas areas in the state and destroy crops and villages. Towns and cities have not been spared either.
Alpana Sinha, a resident of Jamshedpur in Jharkhand, told the Press Association that many voters were too afraid to go to the polls.
“We are scared. People in the remote areas are badly affected by this situation,” she said
“The government has not done much to help.
“Many villagers did not go out to vote. Those that did had to stand at polling booths fearing that elephants might come by.”
Jamshedpur, an industrial city, has been also reportedly been at the mercy of the elephants. Other places that are affected include the districts of Dumka, Sahibgang, Jamshedpur-Dumka, Chaibasa, Shikaripada and Jamtara.

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Elephants trample five to death in Dhubri district

The Telegraph
April 24, 2009
Dhubri, April 24: A woman and her four minor children were trampled to death by two rogue elephants in Assam’s Dhubri district, along the state’s boundary with Meghalaya, last night.

It was sometime between 11pm and 1.30am and Samsul Hoque and his family members were fast asleep at Bansali village under Mancachar police station when a commotion in the neighbourhood woke them up.

“We were fast asleep when we heard the hue and cry of the villagers. But who knew that they (the villagers) were alerting us to wake up and run? After a few moments we felt a tremor. But before we could realise anything, the rogue elephants uprooted our thatched house and trampled my family members,” Hoque told this correspondent from Mancachar police station over phone.

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New rail loop lines in Rajaji park to protect elephants

The Hindu
April 24, 2009

Dehra Dun (PTI): With scores of elephants being killed by trains at Kansaro railway station inside the Rajaji park near here, the railway board has decided to construct new loop lines in the area to facilitate free movement of the pachyderms.
New loop lines at Kansaro railway station will facilitate free movement of elephants between the waiting trains and the signal cabins, a top official here said.
The decision to this effect was taken at a meeting between top railway officials including its Chairman S.S. Khurana and state government officials led by Chief Secretary Indu Kumar Pande earlier this week, the official said.
The state forest department has also told the railways not to create obstructions while carrying out developmental activities in the forest areas of Rajaji Park, home to elephants, tigers and leopards.
As many elephants had been killed in the past near Kansaro railway station after colliding with trains, the rail line of this area has been dubbed as a killer track.

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Forget naxalites, here’s a real jumbo problem

Sujay Mehdudia, The Hindu
April 21, 2009

The Maoists may have hogged the headlines in these elections, but in the forests of Jharkhand bordering West Bengal and Orissa, it’s the elephants that are a bigger problem.

Ever since Jharkhand became an independent State in 2000, rampaging elephant herds in the forest areas have claimed nearly 800 lives. They are a source of concern to the authorities conducting the polls in tribal areas.

In fact, even the city of Jamshedpur has not been left untouched; all along the Dumka, Sahibgang, Jamshedpur-Dumka and Chaibasa belt and in the Shikaripada and Jamtara areas, the jumbo problem is a serious one, and the villagers are demanding protection from the animals.

The herds march through the jungle areas unhindered and destroy standing crops, houses and claim human lives on their way. People in these areas live in fear, and despite efforts by the administration to deal with the situation, nothing has changed for them. “The State has a forest cover of around 32 per cent and this enviable situation has become a curse for the villagers living in the forest tracts along the borders of West Bengal and Orissa,” according to Raj Singh Munda of Singhbhum.

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‘Killer’ tusker no longer violent

P. Venugopal, The Hindu

April 20, 2009
THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Wildlife officials tracking a tusker in musth, suspected to be the killer of seven wild elephants in the Periyar Tiger Reserve (PTR) in the recent weeks, report that the animal is no longer violent.

Trackers have been behind this tusker since March 27 when they first saw it roaming alone in the area where the killings had occurred.

Among the seven elephants that had died due to injuries sustained in suspected fights with this tusker between the last week of February and first week of April were five adult cow elephants, a sub-adult cow elephant and a sub-adult bull elephant.

The tusker is still displaying characteristic signs of being in musth, a periodic condition when testosterone levels shoot up in the elephant making it sexually active and aggressive. But its aggression now is within the limits of a normal bull elephant in mating mode, an official in the team of trackers told The Hindu on Sunday.
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Meghalaya on elephant alert just two days ahead of polls

April 14,2009

Shillong , Apr 14 With just two days to go for polls, the Garo Hills region in Meghalaya was put on alert after a herd of wild elephants went on a rampage in villages searching for food, officials said here today.

" Several houses were destroyed by wild elephants on Sunday in three villages of Dadengiri sub-division of West Garo Hills district. The police opened fire in the air to disperse them," Deputy Commissioner and Returning Officer of Tura Lok Sabha seat F R Kharkongor told PTI.

The fresh threat from the elephants come from areas where several booths marked"sensitive"are being prepared for voting on April 16.

Kharkongor said 19 polling stations have been identified by forest officials as sensitive, and five teams, comprising of six forest officials, have been deployed to ensure the tuskers cannot disrupt polls.

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Vital corridor for Asian elephants to be severed by government development in India

Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com
April 05, 2009

The largest wild population of Asian elephants in the world is threatened by development over a 2.5 kilometer wide corridor, according to Rainforest Informatin Centre which is apart of an international campaign to change the location of the development. The corridor, located in the Western Ghats of India, is the last unbroken forest leading the elephants from wet season to dry season feeding grounds. Unfortunately the corridor also connects two different Indian states: Kerala and Karnataka.

Already, a busy interstate highway passes through the elephants' forest, used by hundred of vehicles around the clock. Currently checkpoints leading from one state to another are located in three different places, leaving the forest corridor free for elephants to pass. However, a recent decision has been made to combine the checkpoints of the three states in the center of the elephant corridor.

“This development would include all manner of infrastructure - building complexes, housing, offices, toilets and dormitories for drivers, a fuel filling station and so on,” writes the nonprofit conservation group, Rainforest Information Centre. “The checkpoint clearance takes hours, so there would be hundreds of lorries parked along the road throughout the night on either side of the checkpoints within the forests preventing elephants from using the corridor.”

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Indian elephant kills Dutch man

BBC News
April 7, 2009
A Dutch tourist has been trampled to death by a wild elephant at Kaziranga national park in India's north-eastern state of Assam, officials say.

Kaziranga park director SN Buragohain said Robert Goldbach, 60, was among a group of foreign tourists who had gone to the park early on Tuesday.

Kaziranga is home to thousands of one-horned rhinoceros and the giant Asiatic elephants, among other animals.

More than 150 people have been killed by elephants in Assam since 1999.

Mr Buragohain told the BBC that Mr Goldbach had gone looking for rare birds and monkeys on the eastern edges of the park when he was attacked by an elephant.

"That area has very thick vegetation, so we had given the tourist group a full armed escort and a specialist guide. But it is unfortunate that the guards could not save Mr Goldbach, though they fired on the elephant," he said.

Eight other foreign tourists ran to safety but the wild elephant caught

Elephants loom large as an issue in Indian elections

By Nityanand Shukla, Reuters
March 31, 2009

RANCHI, India, March 31 (Reuters) - Along with Maoist rebels, rampaging elephants have become a key voter issue in eastern India ahead of the upcoming general election as political parties promise to save villagers from the animals.

Villagers have put up banners saying, "save us from elephants and get our votes," and "help us and we will help you", in Ranchi city, the capital of eastern Jharkhand state, and other towns.

A shrinking habitat has forced elephants to raid farmlands and villagers have been encroaching upon forest land to build homes, increasing the man-animal conflict in the state, which has also been hit by Maoist militancy.

"We can assure you that we will make serious efforts to end the problem of elephants by chalking out a national policy," said Alok Dubey, a local leader of India's ruling Congress party.

Between 60 to 100 people are trampled to death every year in Jharkhand by elephants, which have also destroyed crops and homes, officials said.

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Internet action to save wild Indian elephant tribe

The Northern Rivers Echo
March 19, 2009

It is impossible to compare the feeling of an elephant’s trunk touching your skin with any other sensation. Or convey in words the exhilaration of sitting atop an elephant feeling the gigantic muscles bunch and stretch under your body with each colossal footfall. Or explain just how profound an experience it can be to sit beside a creature of that size, massaging its ears and stomach while it purrs and gently growls with pleasure. And all the while, you’re aware of its enormous power, how it could roll over and crush you in an instant, yet instead interacts like a family dog playing with a child, the touch of its trunk playful and delicate.
It is a magic that’s very much real and alive, for the moment anyway.
But humanity’s relentless lust for progress and blatant disregard for nature is threatening the largest remaining population of wild elephants.
John Seed from the Rainforest Information Centre recently returned from the Southern Indian state of Kerala, where this wild elephant population is being endangered by a massive government development.

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Wild elephant attacks 2 tamed elephants

The Times of India
16 March 2009

MADIKERI: A rogue elephant attacked a team of two tamed elephants during achase in an estate at Maragodu on Sunday, creating tension for sometime.

Harsha and Vikram had been engaged by the forest department to chase a herd of elephants rampaging coffee estates around Maragodu. A team of about forty forest staff and public set out to chase the herd in the morning. The herd was successfully pushed to a high position of a peak from where they had to be be led in the direction of Dubare elephant camp. After treading difficult terrains for kilometers the herd misled the chasing team, escaped in the thick jungle and came down to the original point where it had been camping since days.

The team decided to return as it was nearing dark and it started raining. However, they were shocked as a rogue elephant from the herd charged at them. The people ran helter skelter. Then the elephant charged at Harsha and Vikram. Harsha, known as the nation's best fighter, who can handle any kind of wild elephant with ease, along with its companion Vikram pulled the iron chain from its back and began to attack the wild elephant. Crackers and hoax guns were fired and the wild elephant rushed back to its herd.

Woman trampled to death by elephants

March 15,2009

Dehradun , Mar 15 An old woman was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in the forest area inside the Rajaji Park here, official sources said today.

Haneefa (60), a resident of Jwalapur area, along with several other women went to the jungles near the Sureshwari Devi temple to collect firewood when they were attacked by a herd of elephants yesterday.

While the other women managed to escape from the spot, Haneefa was trampled to death by the elephants.

Later, the forest personnel recovered her body and handed over it to her family members after conducting postmortem.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two elephants found dead in Jharkhand

The Economic Times
14 March 2009

RANCHI: Two elephants were found dead in Jharkhand, forest department officials said Saturday. One wild elephant had its tusks removed, leading to the suspicion that it had been killed by poachers.

The wild elephant was found dead in Saranda jungle Friday with what looked like bullet wounds, an official said. Saranda is around 220 km from the state capital. Also, an elephant calf was found dead near Panjan Pahari of Dumka district, around 450 km from here. One of its partially developed tusks was missing too.

"The elephants' dead bodies were found Friday. We have sent a team of forest officials at the spot. We will be able to tell the exact reason of death after the postmortem report," A.K. Gupta, regional chief conservator, Singhbhum, said.

Elephant calf found dead near Masanjore dam

Times of India
13 Mar 2009

DUMKA: An elephant calf has been found dead near Masanjore dam, about 30 km from district headquarters. Forest officials are trying to find out whether the death was normal or not.

Villagers at Chandan Pahari and Dhowadangal informed the forest department about the dead calf, which was surrounded by a herd of 14 elephants.

"Things will be clear only after an autopsy is conducted and a report is obtained," DFO Awadh Bihari Singh said

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Wild elephants trample three to death in Jharkhand

The Economic Times
13 Mar 2009

RANCHI: Three villagers were trampled to death and one person was injured when a herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in Ramgarh district of Jharkhand on Friday, the police said.

The herd of elephants entered Sringasu village of Ramgarh district, around 90 km from here, early Friday morning, attacked the three houses and trampled four people.

"Three people of two families died on the spot. One injured person has been admitted to a local hospital. His condition is serious," a police officer said.

He said the rampaging elephants also destroyed standing crops.

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Fresh steps to curb elephant deaths

Deccan Herald
March 13, 2009

The proposed measures, including habitat management & awareness programmes, were based on recommendations to mitigate the problem of elephants raiding crop fields and their brutal killings.
Stung by reports that over 250 elephants had died in the State’s jungle in just two years, the forest department is finally ready with an action plan. Its recipe for conservation: exclusive flying squads, translocation of pachyderm populations, elephant prevention trenches, and many more short and long-term measures, a list of which was submitted to the High Court on Thursday.

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Female elephant calf falls prey to explosive

Times of India
9 Mar 2009

PANAJI: Though all is quiet on Goa's border in the vicinity of Dodamarg, the peace has followed the tragic death of a female elephant after consuming some explosive-laden' trap recently.

The elephant, a five year old female calf, was captured by Maharashtra forest officials on the other side of the border in a badly injured condition. "It was unable to eat anything and was administered 400 salines and daily injections. It somehow survived three weeks and died late last month," Naresh Zarmuri, district forest officer, Maharashtra said.

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Two Serian nationals held at airport with elephant tusks

Times of India
8 March 2009

AHMEDABAD: Two Serian nationals were arrested at Sardar Patel International Airport here today for attempting to carry along elephant tusks, a customs official said.

"We have apprehended two persons after we found two elephant tusks from their baggage. These persons were about to board a flight to Sharjah," he said.

"Both are Serian nationals and had come with a ship to Alang (in Bhavnagar) ship-breaking yard a few days ago," he added.

The official said that during interrogation the duo revealed that they had found the tusks placed as a decorative item in the ship. The tusks are valued at around Rs two lakh and are of different sizes, he added.

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Elephant on the rampage

The Telegraph
March 7, 2009

Shillong, March 7: An elephant went on the rampage in West Garo Hills after being injured by villagers last week, killing at least four persons in the Selsella area.

Principal chief conservator of forests V.K. Nautiyal today attributed this “violent behaviour” to the agony suffered by the injured animal. The latest to be attacked was a villager of Ojangre yesterday.

Nautiyal however, said though the wild elephant is causing such a havoc because of an injury, it would either be caught or killed, if it is found to be a habitual killer.

Panic-stricken villagers have deserted their homes and asked police and forest officials to take necessary steps to put an end to the menace.

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Five elephants stray into village

The Economic Times
7 March 2009

COIMBATORE: Panic gripped Pannimadai village on the outskirts, as a herd of elephants strayed into the area in the wee hours of today and destroyed a large number of banana plants.

According to forest department sources, the elephants, including a calf, came into the human habitat in search of water.

About 500 banana plants were destroyed by the animals. The elephants, fearing the crowd, stayed put without moving out of the village, resulting in a tense situation.

Efforts are being made to disperse the elephants, the sources said.

Elephant killed

The Statesman
February 26, 2009

BALASORE, Feb. 26: In a serious allegation against the forest officials, reportedly first of its kind, many villagers around Kuludhia forest range in Nilgiri under Balasore division said that the officials have killed an elephant for its tusks.
They later dumped the body near Sataghati near Chataka hills, the villagers charged while demanding a high-level probe.
While the DFO could not be contacted despite several attempts, his sub-ordinate officials refuted the allegation and maintained that no such death in recent months have ever been reported.
The villagers informed that the carcass of tusker has been buried in pieces and foul smell is emanating from the spot. n sns

Elephants kill two hikers

Kerala Online
February 22, 2009

Thiruvananthapuram, Sunday 22 Feb 2009: A herd of wild elephants trampled to death two hikers who were part of a 10- member group returning from a trek to Agasthyarkoodam peak in the Peppara Wildlife Sanctuary in Nedumangadu taluk on Saturday evening. They were identified as Anuroop, 25 and Jayakumar, 27, of Neyyatinkara.
S. Bijukumar, 30, who narrowly survived the attack, told reporters that the attack occurred in the forest midway between Thankayanvacha Kovil point and the Bonacaud Forest Picket station, almost 2 km. downhill.
“We were walking downhill in single file. At 5.30 p.m., those in the front picked up the distinct odour of elephants and signalled to us. We scrambled back uphill and waited in silence for 15 minutes for the herd to pass. We counted seven elephants, most of them cows with babies, as they crossed the trail and disappeared into the forest.

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Elephant mortality rises in Orissa

The Hindu
February 16, 2009

Bhubaneswar (PTI): A failure to restore elephant corridors affected due to development activities and non-implementation of vital schemes seem to have increased pachyderm deaths in Orissa.
The rate of elephant deaths which was 32 per year during 1990-2003, increased to 56 per year during 2003-2008 in the state, according to a recent Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) report tabled in the state assembly.
Although elephant population has risen in Orissa from 1,841 in 2002 to 1,862 in 2007, as many as 280 pachyderms died due to various reasons during the period, it said.
"Despite Government of India's request in June 2002, the state government did not prepare any prospective plan and the scheme was being implemented through ad hoc annual plan affecting systematic management of elephant reserve," it said.

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Forest watch on injured elephant

The Telegraph
February 24, 2009

Siliguri, Feb. 23: An injured makna (male elephant without tusks) roaming the forest of Apalchand near Malbazar has put the forest staff on alert.

The 9.5ft tall elephant is around 30-35 years old and has been spotted in Compartment IV of the forest, 50km from here, with injuries on its left knee and shoulder.

“We had informed the wildlife wing which sent us two trained elephants and two vets,” said Sailesh Anand, the divisional forest officer of Baikunthapur.

Yesterday, Anupam Rakshit and Sweta Mondal, the vets, accompanied by the foresters and two kunkis brought from Gorumara National Park, had scoured the forest till they spotted the animal.

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Elephants on the rampage in Midnapur villages

The Hindu
February 23, 2009

Midnapur: A herd of 70 to 75 elephants of the Dalma forest have strayed into five villages of West Midnapur district and damaged large tracts of crops and destroyed several houses.

District Forest Officer Milan Kanti Mandal said the pachyderms damaged paddy and sugarcane in about 45 hectres in Tarrui, Gopalbar, Pundra, Sinda, Mohanpur villages since Saturday. They also destroyed five mud houses, he said.

Villagers alleged that the forest department, despite repeated requests, did not take any steps to drive out the elephants.

Mr. Mandal said four ‘Hulla Parties’ had been deployed to push the elephants to the Nayagram forest.

Pregnant elephant killed, mutilated in Sivasagar

The Telegraph
February 27, 2009

Dibrugarh, Feb. 26: Poachers killed a pregnant elephant near Janokipathar, a small hamlet on the edge of Abhayapur reserve forest in Assam’s Sivasagar district last night. They chopped off and took with them the animal’s tail, tip of the trunk and right ear.
The gory sight of the elephant lying in a pool of blood with the rest of its trunk almost severed moved to tears even the villagers who have been enraged by the rampages of a herd of elephants in the area for the past few days. The female elephant was from the same herd.

Villagers said they heard two gunshots around 9 last night, but did not venture out in the dark.

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Two elephants found dead

February 12,2009
Jalpaiguri (WB), Feb 12 Two elephants were found dead in a tiger reserve here, an official said today.

The carcass of a tusker was found in a river in Rajabhatkhawa forest running through the Buxa Tiger Reserve (West), Field Director of the reserve, Ashok Prasad Singh said.

The reason for its death has not been ascertained, he said while ruling out any involvement of poachers.

An elephant cub was also found dead in the reserve. Its post-mortem report has revealed a heart ailment, the official said.

Tusker found with wounds in mouth dies in Kerala

The Hindu
February 12, 2009

Thiruvananthapuram (PTI): A baby elephant, found in a critical condition with a festering wound in its mouth at Neryiamangala division in Ernakulam district, has died, officials said.
Examination of the carcass revealed that the elephant in the 10-15 age group had been suffering from a deep and severe wound in the mouth at least for two weeks, Wildlife officials said on Thursday.
When the elephant was spotted a few days back it was in a critical condition and did not respond to treatment. Its condition was so worse that it could not even take water, the sources said, adding the elephant died yesterday.
Though the exact cause was yet to be ascertained, the wound could be caused by biting crackers placed in some farm by farmers to ward off wild animals,Wildlife Department Veterinarian Abdul Gafoor told PTI.
Wildlife officials ruled out the tusker being a victim of poaching.
It was normal for elephants to stray into villages on the fringes of forest in search of softwood and fall victims to this kind of injury, the sources said.

HC seeks expenditure details on Nilgiris elephant corridor

Times of India
3 February 2009

CHENNAI: The Madras High Court has called for the details of government expenditure on acquisition of revenue lands for creation/resumption of elephant corridor in the Nilgiris.

The first bench comprising the acting chief justice S J Mukhopadhaya and Justice V Dhanapalan gave the direction on a public interest writ petition filed by advocate Elephant G Rajendran, on Monday.

If the district collector of the Nilgiris fails to furnish the status report showing the steps taken to remove all encroachments from revenue land, as stipulated in the first bench order dated Septemer 30, 2008, the court would issue summons to him on February 19 when the matter comes up for hearing next.

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Project elephant status for Bhadra sanctuary

The Times of India
2 February 2009

CHIKMAGALUR: Bhadra wildlife sanctuary will be accorded project elephant status from the next financial year. An assurance to the effect has been given by the central directorate of project elephant in New Delhi.

Disclosing it to `The Times of India' deputy conservator of forest, Bhadra wildlife division, Markhandeya said Bhadra sanctuary has adequate number of elephant to include it in project elephant. According to an earlier census it was found that the sanctuary has 220 elephants.

He said the directorate has accepted the proposal and this year it has released funds to purchase a vehicle, to form one small pond to help the elephants to drink water and also to have an anti-poaching camp.

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One elephant dies every third day

February 2, 2009

Mounting elephant deaths in the State are under intense legal scrutiny, and here is more shocking statistics to make Monday's Karnataka High Court hearing on the issue even more significant: As many as 704 elephants have died in the State since 2003...

This roughly translates to an annual average of 120 jumbo deaths. Splitting it down further indicates the death of one pachyderm every three days.
These figures from the forest department point to the vulnerability of jumbos in the State. No wonder, officials of the animal husbandry department and top veterinary experts have expressed shock over the prevalent state of affairs.

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Elephant lifts child, lets her off unhurt

The Telegraph
February 2, 2009

Alipurduar, Feb. 1: A wild elephant lifted up a five-year-old girl by the trunk, brought her outside the hut and for almost half-an-hour held the screaming child in between its fore legs as her father watched helplessly from a distance.
The girl was unhurt, but there were no witnesses to narrate how the elephant let her go since Gobinda Das had, by then, fallen down unconscious. The father had been hit by a stone hurled at him by the elephant.

“I could do little. It was dark and the animal was huge. It stood there with my child between its front legs for half-an-hour. At first I was too scared to move. When I mustered up courage and ran towards it, it flung a stone at me. I don’t know what happened after that. When I regained my senses, my daughter Kalpana was sitting beside me, too shocked to speak,” said Das from his hospital bed today.

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Wild elephants enter Chhattisgarh village, tribals seek help

The Hindu
February 2, 2009

Raipur (IANS): A herd of wild elephants entered a forested village in Chhattisgarh early Monday and frightened tribals have now sought urgent help from forest department officials to drive the animals away before they cause any harm, officials said.
The nine elephants that have entered Labji village, some 400 km from here, have demolished dozens of houses in the past week in different villages of the state's northern Surguja district, a forest official said.
A forest official said his department would provide full cooperation to the villagers. The tribals say they will migrate to safer areas if immediate assistance is not offered to them.
Dozens of villages in Surguja, Jashpur, Koria, Korba and Raigarh districts in northern Chhattisgarh have been affected by elephant attacks for more than a decade.
Attacks on humans by elephants have increased since 2005 and dozens of people have been killed. Officials said encroachment by people into the elephant habitat has caused more conflicts.

Forest dept traps another elephant

Times of India
31 January 2009

PANAJI: Maharashtra forest department officials have succeeded in catching one more tusker in Bavlat in Sawantwadi on Thursday, but this seemed to have induced a reflex action from their counterparts in Goa as the forest department stepped up the vigilance along the border.

A tusker, which had caused some damage to crops and plantations in villages of Chandel, Hassapur and Warkhand had been trapped at Nigude, Sonurli on Wednesday after being tranquilized.

While Maharashtra officials released the first elephant on Thursday, they notched another success in the evening as Bijayananda Chaudhuri, who is supporting the drive as a consultant with some kunki (tamed) elephants, helped them trap the second tusker.

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Reunited Elephant Calf Survives in Wild Despite Deformity

Wildlife Trust of India newsletter
January 6, 2009

Kaziranga National Park (Assam), January 6, 2009: A displaced wild elephant calf that was reunited with its natal herd in Kaziranga National Park a month ago was sighted earlier last week, confirming successful reintegration. The sighting has pleasantly surprised conservationists who had doubts about its survival, as the calf has a congenital deformity in its leg.

The calf was rescued by the Assam Forest Department officials from a marsh near Roumari on December 3 last year. It was provided medical treatment for its injuries and reunited with its natal herd soon after.

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Two elephants die in Mysore district

Times of India
28 January 2009

MYSORE: Close on heels of the death of a leopard in Heggadadevana Kote taluk, two elephants including a calf died in two separate incidents in Mysore district on Monday. A 6-year-old male calf is suspected to have died due to electric shock in Makanapura, Nanjangud taluk whereas 40-year-old tamed elephant, succumbed to illness.

Mysore division DCF Shashwathi Mishra suspects the death of the calf to be a case of electrocution because it was found dead near a field belonging to one Jayaram, who has electric fence across the field. The DCF claimed that there is a rule that in case a wild animal dies due to electric shock, the case has to be transferred to police for investigation. She suspected that the land owner had illegally tapped power to protect the produce from wildlife. Mishra said," Once the postmortem report is ready, we will register a case against Jayaram under Wildlife Protection Act and KEB Act''. Autopsy was conducted by Dr Venkatesh and the report is expected in another two days, the DCF added.

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Elephant death report by Feb 10

Express News Service
26 Jan 2009

BANGALORE: The State Forest Department’s report on the recent elephant deaths is ready and will be presented to the High Court before February 10, officials said.

Officials at the department told The New Indian Express: “The department had formed two teams to constitute this report.

One headed by Asia’s elephant expert Sukumar, who is a professor at the Centre for Ecology and Environmental Studies and the other headed by retired director of the Institute of Animal Health and Veterinary Biologicals (IAHVB), Dr Gopal. Sukumar was asked to look into the habitat and land of elephants in the state, while Dr Gopal was asked to look into the mananimal conflict and how best it can be avoided in future, they said.

Dr Gopal said: “Since, I am a wildlife veterinarian, I was asked to probe the cause of deaths of these pachyderms.

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Rampaging tusker poisoned to death in Jharkhand

Times of India

26 Jan 2009
RANCHI: Villagers poisoned a wild tusker to death in Khuti district of Jharkhand after it wreaked havoc on their standing crop and houses, said a forest official Sunday.

"Primary investigations reveal that the wild elephant was poisoned Friday. We have taken the elephant's body in our possession," the forest department official said. According to him, "the wild tusker had wreaked havoc in Torpa area of Khuti district."

The elephant was found dead Saturday in Torpa block, around 90 km from Ranchi. Primary investigations suggest the elephant was poisoned.

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6th elephant captured in Maldare forest range

The Times of India
25 Jan 2009

MADIKERI: The forest department has captured the sixth wild elephant in Maldare forest range. The elephant had killed three residents of Avaregunda village recently.

Elephants Abimanyu, Arjuna, Harsha and Shri Rama of the forest department participated in the `operation capture.' The central government had given permission to capture six wild elephants which has been completed now. The operation took two months to complete.

When the department elephants entered the forest, the 28-year-old wild elephant showed its wrath and started to fight with Abhimanyu. It attacked Abhimanyu using its ivory. Abhimanyu sustained the attack and retaliated in the same manner but was injured on its face. It had suffered injuries near the eye the last time. However, Abhimanyu is a trained elephant and does not fear wild elephants.

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Wild rhino, elephants kill two in Assam

The Hindu
January 24, 2009

Golaghat, Assam (PTI): Two persons were killed in twin attacks by herbivores straying out of the Kaziranga National Park in Assam on Saturday.
A woman was pinned to the ground by a rhino which came out of Panpur forest, the Park's new extension area, official sources said.
The Asiatic one-horned rhino hit 55-year-old Sumitra Sahani, a resident of nearby Hokam Gopsar near the forest area under Temuguri police station, killing her on the spot.

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Microchips to identify elephants in Corbett

Times of India
21 Jan 2009

JIM CORBETT NATIONAL PARK: Elephants in Jim Corbett National Park in Uttarakhand have been installed with microchips, which will act as their identification proof.

Installed with the help of a syringe, these chips will help the authorities identify the elephants from among the wild ones.

The chips would provide a unique identification number to the elephants, which would enable the wildlife authorities at the park, to keep a track on these elephants through the means of a digital reader.

The chips would also ensure that the owner of the elephants, which are used to ferry visitors around the park, do not exchange their old and ailing jumbos with another elephant.

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Elephant calf dies at Nathua village

Statesman News Service
January 18, 2009

DHENKANAL, Jan 18: A six month old elephant calf died at Nathua village in Sadar block when it fell into a pit and was unable to climb to safety. The carcass was recovered by forest officials yesterday.
Forest officials are hard pressed and spend sleepless nights as a herd of 22 elephants are on the rampage along the Kamkashyanagar to Sadar block area in the district.
According to villagers, jumbos have destroyed houses and standing crops on a large scale.
After moving from Kamakshanagar to Nathua the herd has played havoc here and the calf may have fallen into the ditch as the herd moved ahead said villagers.
Thousands of people in Nathua and nearby villages keep vigil as they are unprotected against marauding herds.
Meanwhile forest officers said they suspected brain injury to be the cause of death of the calf. It got hurt in the fall and died, they observed while adding that a postmortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Three people killed by elephants in Assam

The Hindu
January 16, 2009

Guwahati (IANS): Three people, including a five-year-old girl, were killed by a herd of wild elephants in Assam Friday, an official said.
About five elephants entered Bhelapara village in Karbi Anglong district, about 260 km east of the state's main city Guwahati, and went on a rampage killing three people.
"The elephants came from an adjoining hill in search of food and in the process trampled upon the three members of a tribal family,"the official said.

The victims were a five-year-old girl and her parents. Also, paddy fields and huts were smashed by the elephants.

Forest rangers and local residents have been using firecrackers and are beating drums to scare away the elephants roaming in the area for the past one week.

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Drive against elephants in Pernem meets with success

Times of India
16 January 2009

MANDREM: The campaign launched in Pernem taluka by the Forest department officials and locals to drive away rampaging elephants coming from the neighbouring states of Maharashtra and Karnataka has met with success.

Strict vigil is also being maintained to prevent the tuskers from entering villages of Hasapur, Phakirpatto, Ibrampur and neighbouring areas in the taluka.

A couple of days back, the Forest department drove away a rampaging tusker towards Kas-Madura in Maharashtra. Range forest officer S R Prabhu said that in this operation, two 'Kunkee' trained elephants named 'Krishna' and 'Radha' played a major role in driving away the wild tusker, adding that locals and forest officials, under the guidance of deputy conservator of forest M K Shambhu are jointly keeping strict vigil. He also warned that there is a possibility of this lone tusker returning to play havoc.

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Elephants driving farmers crazy

Statesman News Service
January 14, 2009

DHENKANAL, Jan. 14: Come harvesting period and the people especially in Kamakshyanagar region of the district spend sleepless nights. The pleasure of harvesting of crops is gone as soon as the arrival of elephants from the wilds is reported.

A panicked lot, the villagers are just helpless in tackling the problem. Even the forest department has not yet devised any tangible means to drive away the elephants who have been straying into the human habitations especially during the present harvest period. The mass leave of the foresters and forest guards of the district to press for some their long-standing demands has compounded the problem further, sources said.

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Movement of elephants to be monitored

Chennai Online
January 10, 2009

Dindigul, Jan 10: Forest department is planning to put up watch towers at four places to monitor the movement of elephants in Palani forest areas in the district. Officials said the watch towers would be installed near Summer Water spots as the elephants would come there in search of water.

The locations selected were Palaru and Porundalaru dams, Vaiyanturai and Kudiraiyaru.
Elephant herd caused extensive damage to crops in Palani and Oddanchattiram area forcing the forest officials to bring trained elephants to drive the herd back into the Pollachi forest area.

But they could not succeed in their effort fully.Hence they had decided to monitor the movement of the elephants andplan strategy to prevent them from damaging the crops, the sources said.

Now, 'Naga chilly' to scare away wild elephants

Times of India
5 January 2009

SHILLONG: The world's hottest chilly, 'Naga chilly', or 'bhoot jolokia' in Assamese dialect, could be the latest weapon against marauding wild
elephants who have wrecked havoc in many parts of Northeast.

'Bhoot jolokia', a chilly pepper that grows mostly in Assam, has shot to limelight after the DRDO developed a non-lethal grenade from it that could be used in anti-terrorist operations.

The DRDO and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) are now working on developing the 'chilly' into a powder that could be coated on fences and ropes to scare away wild pachyderms.

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Rampaging elephants attack Jharkhand village

January 2, 2009

Kundhit (Jharkhand), Jan 2 (ANI): Wild elephants have attacked the remote village of Kundhit in Jharkhand’’s Jaamtara District, terrifying its residents. The animals after losing their track ventured into the human settlement and damaged standing paddy crops.
“The elephants are here since yesterday and have destroyed a lot of our crops. Most of our paddy crop was destroyed by them. The forest officials say that they will provide us with torches to keep the elephants away,” said Ganesh Chandra Mandal, a villager.
Forest officials have arrived in the village to pacify its panic stricken residents.
The officials are trying to push the elephants back to their habitat.
” The elephants are changing their place at intervals of two days. We are keeping an eye on them and during the night we chase them in an effort to make them get back on their track, so that they are able to return to their habitat,” said Kamlesh Prasad, Additional Divisional Forest Officer

Rise in Jumbo count worries dept

Statesman News Service
January 2, 2008

JALPAIGURI, Jan. 2: An increase in the elephant population in the forests of Jalpaiguri district in particular, is soon becoming a matter of concern for the forest department officials. To add to their problems, there is little or no scope to expand the forest areas, which is possibly the only solution to prevent them from venturing outside the forests and add to the growing number of man-animal conflict incidents.

According to the state forest minister Mr Anata Roy, the increasing number of elephants is also leading to an increase in the number of unnatural deaths of elephants. “We are doing our best to protect them but the problem has only magnified,” the minister said. Explaining the situation, the CCF north Bengal Mr S Patel said that the forest areas are not increasing in ratio with the elephant population growth.

“Earlier we extended the area of the Garumara National Park a few square kilometres. But such expansion is not possible everywhere as controversies regarding land would crop up. A lot of land has fallen to agriculture in the forest periphery. Acquiring such area is not possible either,” the CCF added.

Total 68 elephants died unnaturally in the past two years in the forests of the Dooars. “At present there are around 350 elephants in our forests. The number of elephant herds have increased drastically and their raids in the adjoining villages and in the tea plantations also increased this year,” Dr Patel said.

According to the official of an animal lovers’ association Mr Victor Basu, food has become scarce for the elephants, as the herbivore population has increased in the forests in general. “Other animals like deer, rhino, bison consume a share of the vegetation, which forces the elephants to stray out of jungle ultimately leading to unnatural deaths. The forest department must come up with a solution regarding the matter,” he said.

Goa seeks Centre's help to curb elephant menace

The Economic Times
30 December 2008

PANAJI: Goa has sought technical and financial help from the Centre to tackle the menace of wild elephants that has badly hit the northern Pernem taluka.
In a letter to the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, Rajya Sabha member Shantaram Naik said, "In the last four years, elephants, crossing border from Karnataka, have been causing great damage to the crops in Pernem taluka."

"The elephants have badly damaged the crops of Nagzar, Hassapur, Chandel, Ibrampur, Torsem, Mopa and other villages causing loss of lakhs of rupees," he added.
The MP said, a notice in this regard given by him was admitted in Rajya Sabha for December 23, the last day of the session. However, the issue could not be raised due to constant interruptions.

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Tusker killed by another elephant

December 30, 2008

Udhagamandalam, Dec 30 A tusker was found dead in Mudumalai sanctuary in the district, after being attacked by another male elephant, last evening, forest department officials said today.

The body was noticed by some passersby and immediately informed the department officials, they said.

The body bore many injuries inflicted by tusk, indicating a fight between two elephants, the sources said.

Orissa prepares Rs 53 crore elephant management plan

December 30, 2008

Bhubaneswar, Dec 30 Worried over increasing cases of man-elephant conflicts, Orissa government today chalked out a Rs 53-crore integrated elephant management plan to address the issue, official sources said.

"The funds for the elephant management plan will be spent over a period of five years,"an official said after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik here.

Besides setting up squads to check poaching and chasing of elephants from human habitation areas, the plan also has provision of developing pachyderm habitation and introduction of GIS monitoring system.

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Forest officials struggle to drive elephants back to forest

The Hindu
December 20. 2008

Dindigul (PTI): Forest officials here had a tough time while driving away a herd of elephants which destroyed crops in the forest areas of Palani and Oddanchattiram in this district.
The officials said a herd of 13 elephants entered Oddanchattiram area near Palani on November 20 and have caused extensive damage to the crops ever since.
Two trained elephants Barani and Vijay, were brought to drive them back to Amaravathi area. With the help of Barani and Vijay, the forest officials managed to drive 12 elephants upto Mochapallam forest limit.
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Wild elephant caught, search on for three more near Dubare forest

Jeevan Chinnappa, The Hindu
December 17, 2008

DUBARE ELEPHANT CAMP (KODAGU DT.): A five-day hunt to capture a wild elephant ended dramatically in the Maldare forest area in Kodagu on Tuesday with the capture of the animal by the Forest Department officials.

This came as a relief to the people of Maldare. The operation to track and capture four elephants began with a puja here on December 10. The elephant caught on Tuesday is said to have killed five persons in and around Maldare recently.

The team comprising Forest Department officials and veterinarians sighted the elephant at Avaregunda at 1.45 p.m.. Darted by expert Venkatesh at around 2 p.m., the animal fell down at 2.15 p.m. Operations to tie it up by the four kumkis (tamed elephants) then began. The animal was revived at 3 p.m., J.L. Srinivas, veterinarian, told The Hindu.

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Report on elephant deaths only in Feb

Times of India
15 December 2008

Bangalore: The forest department was supposed to submit a detailed investigative report on the mysterious deaths of four elephants that were found drowned in the Kabini bank canal in Nanjangud taluk of Chamarajanagar district, by December 9 to the high court.

After hearing a suo motu public interest litigation on the issue on November 14, a division Bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakran and Justice V G Sabahit had asked for a report on the cause of so many elephant deaths in the state. However, the forest department has asked for time till February because the court has asked for experts' opinions as well in the report.

"At the hearing last week, the court has asked us to consult professors and elephant experts for the report. That is why we have asked for time till February. I am not sure about the date, but it should be ready by mid-February," said advocate-general Uday Holla.

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Elephants kill two in Chhattisgarh

Times of India
15 December 2008

RAIPUR: A herd of 13 wild elephants entered a village in Korea district of Chhattisgarh and trampled to death two villagers on Saturday. The pachyderms also destroyed several houses and huts.

According to Korea divisional forest officer KK Khelwar, the herd of pachyderms entered Sunderpur village under Sonhat janpad panchayat and destroyed several huts and houses.

Sensing danger, the villagers fled to a safe distance, but one Dhayan Singh, 50, went near the herd saying that Lord Ganesha had come to his village and he would touch the elephants' feet. All the villagers tried their level best to convince him to remain at a safe distance but Dhayan did not pay heed and went near the elephants and got killed.

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Elephant herd crushes woman to death

Times of India
December 9 2008

DEHRADUN: A 65-year-old woman was crushed to death by a herd of elephants in Rajaji National Park (Hardwar area) when she was collecting firewood on Sunday.

The woman, identified as Ramkali, went with other women to collect firewood in the Bilkeshwar zone of the park in the afternoon when she was killed by a herd of elephants. The other women managed to flee.

Park's director SS Rayali said the park authorities would take strict measures to prevent people from entering the forest areas, especially in the area which is an elephant corridor.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Three elephants rescued

Daily News and Analysis
December 6, 2008

BERHAMPUR (Orissa): Three elephants, who fell into a well at Mahurapalli village in Ganjam district, were rescued on Saturday, official sources said here.
The elephants had slipped into an open well located in a farm land last night when they came to the human habitation in search of food in Buguda forest range, B N Mohanty, Divisional Forest Officer (Ghumusar south) said.

On being informed about the incident, forest personnel rushed to the spot this morning to pull out the pachyderms from the well.

The elephants were rescued safely with the cooperation of the villages and they returned to their habitat, Mohanty said.

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Wild elephants trigger panic in Jharkhand town

The Hindu
December 4, 2008

Chaibasa, Jharkhand (PTI): A herd of 19 wild elephants entered Chaibasa township early Thursday triggering panic among the residents of this district headquarter of West Singhbhum.
People of Tungri and Mahulisai locality and forest department officials have been trying to chase the elephants back into the forest.
A 12-year-old boy sustained minor injuries in the operation.
The sub-divisional officer of Chaibasa, Ramesh Kumar Dubey said the herd was seen camping in Mahulsai.
"We will wait till sunset, when the elephants were expected to return or will be chased away," he said.

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10 tigers, 57 elephants poached in three years

December 3rd, 2008

New Delhi, Dec 3 (IANS) At least 10 tigers and 57 elephants have been poached in India during last three years, the environment and forests ministry said Wednesday but said the government was doing its best to protect wildlife.While poachers in Rajasthan killed four tigers, two tigers each in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Kerala fell victims to wildlife criminals, according to a ministry report.
Of the 57 jumbos killed, 22 were poached in Orissa alone. While eight elephants were killed each in Karnataka, Assam and Kerala, Uttarakhand accounted for the death of four of them. Meghalaya and Mizoram accounted for two deaths each.

What is intriguing is that elephant poaching has shown an increase with 23 elephants being killed during 2006-07 against 16 the previous fiscal year.

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Elephants trample two to death in Jharkhand

Times of India
25 November 2008

RANCHI: Rampaging tuskers trampled two people to death in Khuti district of Jharkhand on Monday, the police said.

According to the police, a herd of elephants entered into Husir village, around 70 km from here, early morning and trampled Budhu Gudia to death.

The same herd of elephants then killed Nathniyal Orayia in nearby Nimda village. The elephants also damaged a few houses in the two villages, said the police.

Elephants venturing into human habitats and destroying standing crops is common in Jharkhand.

According to forest department figures, over 400 people have been killed and more than 700 were injured in last six years in human-elephant confrontations.

Elephants kill two in separate incidents

November 17, 2008

MYSORE: In what may seem like a tale of vengence, elephants killed two persons in seperate incidents in Mysore and Chamarajanagar district on Saturday. A 40 - year old mahout Bola was gored to death by nine-year-old elephant 'Kyata' in Biligiriranganatha Swamy Sanctury in Chamarajanagar district. Bola had been to feed jaggery to the elephant when it reportedly attacked him and threw him on the ditch. This killed Bola on the spot on Saturday morning. While people gathered in hundreds, the still angry elephant Kyata did not allow any one near Bola's body, displaying angry mannerisms.

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Elephant deaths: HC seeks report by Dec 9

DNA News
November 16, 2008

BANGALORE: The High Court of Karnataka on Friday directed the state and Central governments to submit by December 9, 2008 a comprehensive report on the spate of elephant deaths in the Nagarahole-Bandipur belt, especially the alleged killing of four pachyderms in Nanjangud taluk of Chamarajanagar district on November 5 last.

Hearing a suo motu public interest litigation, a division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakran and Justice V G Sabahit said: "It is most unfortunate and inhuman. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We are the most cruel animals.''

Nine elephants have died in a span of seven days and the number is 25 for the last six months but the authorities are still clueless over the reason for the deaths.

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Power fencing mulled to ward off wild elephants

Bappaditya Paul, The Statesman

November 16, 2008

SILIGURI, Nov. 16: Unable to check the recurrent wild elephant raids on the fringe villages by patrolling alone, the Baikanthapur forest division in Jalpaiguri district is mulling a plan for erecting energised fencing around the villages with help from the civil administration and other local governing bodies.
The forest division has identified nine such villages, which are prone to the pachyderm raids. But on account of being ‘revenue villages’, all of these are deprived of the regular forest aids for protection against the menace. According to the DFO Baikanthapur, Mr Sailesh Anand, of the six forest ranges lying under the division, currently only two are having the energised fencing in place. This is even as the menace is prevalent all across and the forest staffs often find it tough to manage the situation.

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Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Elephants kill two in separate incidents

November 17, 2008
MYSORE: In what may seem like a tale of vengence, elephants killed two persons in seperate incidents in Mysore and Chamarajanagar district on Saturday. A 40 - year old mahout Bola was gored to death by nine-year-old elephant 'Kyata' in Biligiriranganatha Swamy Sanctury in Chamarajanagar district. Bola had been to feed jaggery to the elephant when it reportedly attacked him and threw him on the ditch. This killed Bola on the spot on Saturday morning. While people gathered in hundreds, the still angry elephant Kyata did not allow any one near Bola's body, displaying angry mannerisms.

Deputy Conservator of Forests Biswajeet Mishra, ACF Aswathanarayana Gowda and others had camped in the area till late hours on Saturday to retrieve the body. The body was lifted at around 10 pm, only after Kyata came under partial control of other experts. Postmortem was conducted on Sunday and body was handed over for final rites to his family. Bola has left behind an adopted a child, apart from three children of his own, and his wife.

In another incident in Hunasehalla village of HD Kote taluk in Mysore district, Forest Watcher Muddumallaiah was trampled to death by a herd of elephants. Muddumallaiah, along with his officers, had gone to chase the elephants into the forests, following phone calls from villagers about elephants straying into the fields. Another person Madaiah was also injured seriously in the incident and is hospitalised.

Humans and elephants on collision course in South Asia

World Wildlife Fund
17 Nov 2008

Kathmandu, Nepal: Massive international investment in large-scale infrastructure projects in southern Asia will increase human-elephant conflict and cause more deaths on both sides unless much greater care is taken.

A new report released today, funded by the World Bank as part of the World Bank-WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation & Sustainable Use, warns international investors that a clear strategy for keeping human-elephant conflict under control makes economic as well as environmental sense.

It is estimated that the economic damage caused by human-elephant conflict amounts to millions of dollars in some countries and in many cases it is those responsible for new land developments that have to foot the bill.

“Billions of dollars lined up for regional and national level infrastructural investments such as the Trans-Asian highway project and various hydro-power and irrigation projects are going to significantly increase human-elephant conflict across Asia,” said Christy Williams, Coordinator of WWF’s Asian elephant and rhino conservation program.

“Banks and investors need to show leadership when it comes to human-elephant conflict by adding mitigation options into their large infrastructure plans in places where elephants are found from the beginning.”

Human-animal conflict is exacerbated whenever land where the animals traditionally find food and living space is taken away as human population and aspiration increases. In this situation elephants frequently raid crop fields and break down houses to get at stored crops.

Chance encounters between elephants and people, as well as efforts of people to guard against elephants, result in injury and death of humans. Harmful methods employed by people in the process result in death and injury of elephants, thereby escalating the conflict.

The report – Review of Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Measures Practised in South Asia – was compiled by WWF-Nepal, the Centre for Conservation and Research Sri Lanka (CCR) and the Nature Conservation Foundation.

It analyses case by case the methods local people are using to keep elephants away from their houses and finds that, in order to reduce the many costs of human-elephant conflict, a strategy that explains the most effective ways to mitigate the conflict is urgently needed.

The report notes that a comprehensive strategy could help investors planning infrastructure projects in south Asia to include human-elephant conflict mitigation options from the beginning, which would lead to both economic and conservation gains.

"Most mitigation measures currently being used are just akin to bandaging the wounds and not treating the root cause,” said Prithiviraj Fernando, chairman of CCR-Sri Lanka. “Good land-use planning that takes both people and elephant needs into account is the only long-term solution.”

See report, Review of Human-Elephant Conflict Mitigation Measures Practised in South Asia [pdf, 1.69 MB], at below link.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Elephant deaths: HC seeks report by Dec 9

DNA News
November 16, 2008
BANGALORE: The High Court of Karnataka on Friday directed the state and Central governments to submit by December 9, 2008 a comprehensive report on the spate of elephant deaths in the Nagarahole-Bandipur belt, especially the alleged killing of four pachyderms in Nanjangud taluk of Chamarajanagar district on November 5 last.

Hearing a suo motu public interest litigation, a division bench comprising Chief Justice P D Dinakran and Justice V G Sabahit said: "It is most unfortunate and inhuman. We should be ashamed of ourselves. We are the most cruel animals.''

Nine elephants have died in a span of seven days and the number is 25 for the last six months but the authorities are still clueless over the reason for the deaths.

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Power fencing mulled to ward off wild elephants

Bappaditya Paul, The Statesman

November 16, 2008

SILIGURI, Nov. 16: Unable to check the recurrent wild elephant raids on the fringe villages by patrolling alone, the Baikanthapur forest division in Jalpaiguri district is mulling a plan for erecting energised fencing around the villages with help from the civil administration and other local governing bodies.
The forest division has identified nine such villages, which are prone to the pachyderm raids. But on account of being ‘revenue villages’, all of these are deprived of the regular forest aids for protection against the menace. According to the DFO Baikanthapur, Mr Sailesh Anand, of the six forest ranges lying under the division, currently only two are having the energised fencing in place. This is even as the menace is prevalent all across and the forest staffs often find it tough to manage the situation.

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Friday, November 14, 2008

Conflict between man and elephant must stop

November 13, 2008

NORTHEAST INDIA has the world’s prevalent absorption of wild Asiatic elephants. At the moment, war between man and elephant is in full swing.

Core concern lies in human population and their covetousness. Some of elephantine tribulations are:
Assam and Meghalaya have a projected elephant population of 7000.
280,000/-(Two lakhs eighty thousand) hectare of woodland area have been cleared between 1996 and 2000.
8000/- (Eighteen thousand) hectare transversely 10 national parks sanctuaries encroached by humans.

Elephants are strained by dwindllng forest wrap to wander away into human settlements for food, habitually standing crops.

Above mentioned problems are only exemplary, not exhaustive. Problem is not with elephant populace, but the enormous contraction of its territory.

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Sullia: Man Trampled to Death by Wild Elephants

Daijiworld Media Network
November 13, 2008
Sullia, Nov 13: A retired gangman of the public works department, named Siddappa Malekudia(69), resident of Gundya Thota of Siribagil village in Puttur taluk, was done to death by wild elephants. His body was recovered from the forest near Kokkada on Tuesday November 11.

Wild elephants have been playing havoc with the agricultural crops and other property in the region since the last several years. A few heads of cattle belonging to Malekudia, which had entered the forest for grazing on Sunday November 9, had not returned. In search of the cattle, Malekudia had ventured into the forest on Monday. As his dog which accompanied him returned alone, the villagers started searching for him on Monday afternoon but were forced to suspend the operation in the evening, after finding a rogue elephant roaming around the region.

The search launched by a group of people again on Tuesday morning bore fruits by afternoon. His corpse was found lying at Baitadka and his abodomen region was found to have been crushed. It is thought that a wild elephant which confronted him while he was searching for his cattle herd, attacked him, as marks of roaming elephants was found in the area.

The deceased is survived by wife, four sons and four daughters. Range forest officer Subrahmanya Rao visited his house and besides providing solace to family members, assured them that the department would pay them compensation. A case has been registered.

Elephants trigger panic in villages

Express New Service
November 11, 2008

MYSORE: The Forest Department officials were on their toes for the second consecutive day and fired in the air to chase a herd of 60 elephants that triggered panic among the people of Kotanahalli, Yadavanahalli and Kurubarahalli villages on Monday.

The villages are situated on the fringes of Bandipur forest.

The elephants that managed to come out of the forest by crossing trenches and electric fencing were sighted at around 6 am. The forest officials led by Assistant Conservator of Forests Paramashivaiah and others burst crackers and opened fire in the air to chase away the elephants into the forest. They managed to drive away 25 elephants. However, two other groups of elephants are still at large. The villagers fear that the elephants may enter the fields, destroy standing crops and damage property.

The elephant menace has been a major cause of worry for villagers living at the fringe of the forest in recent weeks.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Karnataka HC orders inquiry into elephants' deaths

Deepa Balakrishnan, IBNLive.com
November 7, 2008

TRAGIC END: villagers noticed that four elephants were dead and the carcasses were floating in the Kabini canal.
Bangalore: The Karnataka High Court has ordered an inquiry into the increasing number of unnatural elephant deaths in Mysore. On Wednesday four elephants were badly wounded after getting electrocuted near the Kabini canal.

Soon some villagers noticed that all the four were dead and the carcasses were floating in the canal.
"We come by this canal everyday and suddenly saw these carcasses floating in the canal. We called the police to see what can be done," a villager Siddaraju said.

Three days later with forest officials still unable ascertain the cause of death, the Karnataka High Court has taken suo motu notice of the case and has asked for an inquiry report in a week.

The larger question of what caused the death still remains a mystery. Villagers say elephants stray out during November when crops are just ready for harvest.
So farmers in this fertile region use electric fences, with illegally tapped high-voltage power to fend off the animals.

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Four elephants found dead

Times of India
6 Nov 2008

KAPPASOGE (MYSORE DISTRICT): Early morning on Wednesday, residents of Kappasoge village on the outskirts of Mysore woke up to business as usual.

As they set about their daily chores they were shocked to see that three elephants were found drowned in the Kabini Right Bank Canal that passes through their village.

That was not all. They found another elephant carcass closeby, a little later. It was washed away by the water released from the Kabini Dam into the canal. The apathy of the forest department officials to attend to the carcasses only aggravated the situation.

While it is suspected that the four elephants got electrocuted, senior forest department officials have said a post-mortem on Thursday would bring out the exact cause of their deaths. With these four, the number of unnatural elephant deaths in the district this week has gone up to eight. Around 6 am, people on the outskirts of Nanjangud noticed three elephants stuck at the bridge across the right bank canal and thought they were struggling to escape from the swirling waters. But soon they found that they had died with bruises on their body and alerted the administration. Later, another dead elephant was found at Muddenahalli.

Elephants face death by electrocution

Many are poached or electrocuted
Umli Miuli, IT Examiner
November 04, 2008

With the increasing number of death rate of elephants in Karnataka state, the rare sight of pachyderm strolling in the wild may even cease to exist. The elephant’s survival is at the risk as they are poached for their valuable ivory tusks or are electrocuted by hassled farmers to protect their crops.
Deccan Herald reported the death of four elephants in the state, in just past week. Of them, three died due to electrocution and the cause of death of the fourth is yet to be known. The death of a 30-year-old male tusker due to a live wire drawn from an electric pumpset in a sugarcane field belonging to a local Congress leader in Magge village is gaining serious concern among wildlife enthusiasts. A 20-year-old elephant was also found dead near a sugarcane field in Nagarhole, without any clue of cause. And the electrocution of two female elephants aged around 19 and 13 years have been reported from Gundre and Madur ranges in Bandipur.

Though electrifying fence is illegal and the electricity board is empowered to take action against the offenders, the fields are still fenced. The Wildlife Protection Act regarding killing of animal as a criminal offence, should be more stringently implemented in order to save the elephants from the verge of extinction.

Elephants on the rise again in Tripura

Press Trust of India
November 4, 2008

Agartala, Nov 4 (PTI) The Tripura government has decided to set-up an elephant reserve in the state to preserve the animal which had nearly disappeared due to large-scale poaching and migration to neighbouring Bangladesh.
The latest census has shown that the population of the elephant has gone up from 38 in 2002, when the last census was taken, to 59 now, the State Board for Wild Life said.

The chief wildlife warden, Atul Gupta, said the figure was excellent considering the rapid decline in the number of elephants over the last few years.

Just 30 to 40 years ago, elephants were even seen on the streets of Agartala, forest officials said. The rot actually started with the cutting down of forests for construction of a hydel power project on river Gomati.

With the loss of their habitat, the elephants started migrating to Bangladesh where forests were abundant. Gupta said a large number of elephants had migrated to the Chittagong hill tracts in Bangladesh from the Gomati Wild Life Sanctuary.

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Elephants destroy standing crop

Sahil Online
03 November 2008

Karwar: The herds of wild elephants sneaking into the paddy fields and destroying standing crops has become a common phenomenon in the villages of Yellapur Haliyal and Mundgod taluks.

The crop raised in nearly 30 acres of land in Gunjavati, byanalli and Baddigeri villages of Mundgod taluk was reportedly destroyed by a herd of nine pachyderms on Friday causing loss to the tune of over Rs one lakh to the framers.

In fact bamboo shoots are considered to be the staple food form the elephants. But this year the gregarious flowering of bamboo trees, a periodic phenomenon, had destroyed entire bamboo species in the forest region. It is due to this reason that the wild elephants attack the paddy fields in search of food.

The forest officials point their finger at large scale cultivation as one of the reasons for the elephants entering the elephants entering the fields. The fact that most of the paddy fields attacked by the elephants are encroached forest land vindicated the claim of the forest officials.

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Coal blocks may scuttle elephant corridor plan

Padmaparna Ghosh, Livemint.com
October 30, 2008

New Delhi: Newly discovered coal reserves in Chhattisgarh could make it difficult to create three elephant reserves meant to check rising human-animal conflicts.
Though the state government is yet to choose between mining and conservation, the Union government and an industry lobby want to exploit the reserves that could yield nearly 40 million tonnes (mt) of coal a year.

The ministry of environment and forests, or MoEF, has ordered environmental impact assessment of the coal blocks in Badalkhol, Lemru and Tamorpingla areas of Korba district that are located inside the proposed reserves.

These mandatory assessments gauge the environmental effects of industrial, mining and infrastructure projects before the ministry approves of them.
“Yes, after the (discovery of) coal blocks, there has been reconsideration about the boundaries of the reserves and how to adjust it to allow mining,” said Arun Pandey, a conservator of forests in Chhattisgarh. However, MoEF officials declined to comment on the issue.

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Elephant herd frightens villagers

The Statesman
October 23, 2008

MANBAZAR (Purulia), Oct 23: Two residents of Jamuria (Manbazar), Mukta Mahato (48) and Kando Sabar (65) of Nekra (Boro), were trampled to death by a rogue tusker and an elephant respectively in two separate incidents in Purulia district last week. Sixteen people have died due to elephant attacks in the district this year.

Earlier, at least eight villagers died during the last week of May in Joypur block of Purulia, after a rogue tusker trampled them. Later, the tusker was shot to death. Meanwhile, a herd of 21 pachyderms including three calves from Dolma of Jharkhand have been on the rampage, since their entry into Purulia district a fortnight ago to hunt for food. They are now roaming the forest range of Manbazar block and plundering vast areas.
Another herd comprising 15 to 17 elephants, with a calf, reportedly are also now roaming near Rigidhensala and adjoining villages in Jhalda block of Purulia. The elephants came from Jharkhand, apparently after the standing crops in the border areas. Villagers of the district are afraid of the herd and have been on the alert at night. They have even started night patrol for their safety.

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Friday, October 24, 2008

Elephants show solidarity

The Statesmen
October 20, 2008

ROURKELA, Oct. 20: The recent death of an elephant due to electrocution near Sanchebahal jungle some 10 kilometres away from Bamra also displayed a rare glimpse of the solidarity by pachyderms.
The elephant which was electrocuted when its trunk touched a high tension wire hanging about 7 feet above the ground was surrounded by a herd of elephants soon after its death.
Even though forest officials rushed to the spot upon getting information about the elephant’s death they were surprised to see as many as 18 elephants surrounding the dead pachyderm. The herd had gathered around the dead animal and was in no mood to budge. Residents of nearby villages tried to drive away the herd in vain. The herd remained at the spot for a whole day before finally moving away late the next night.

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Elephant's carcass found in forest

Chennai Online
October 20, 2008

Thiruvananthapuram, Oct 20 A female elephant's carcass has been found in the forest in Kurvanthavalam in Kollam district, Wildlife sources said.
The carcass was found by Forest Guards on the beat at Nagamala in Kuruvanthavalam area yesterday.

The Wildlife Department has ordered a post-mortem to ascertain the cause of the death.

Local people, however, said the elephant might have been electrocuted on coming to contact with electric fencing of a plantation in the area.

The elephant appears to be of 10 to 15 years of age.

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Elephant herd on rampage in Midnapore West

The Statesmen
October 16, 2009

MIDNAPORE, Oct. 16: Wild elephants are relentlessly plundering vast areas of Midnapore West, particularly Salboni, Lalgar, Midnapore Sadar, Goaltore, Garbeta I and II blocks.

A herd comprising 80 to 90 pachyderms including eight calves from Dolma Wildlife Sanctuary in Jharkhand have been on the rampage since their entry into the district in early August as part of their annual sojourn in pursuit of food. However, after roaming for a few days the marauding herd fanned out to Bishnupur, Jaipur and Sonamukhi areas of adjoining Bankura district only to come back in the middle of September, causing further damage to properties and assets of Midnapore West residents.

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Elephants wreak havoc in West Bengal

Newspost Online
October 16th, 2008

Dooars (WB), Oct 15 (ANI): A group of elephants wrought havoc in Dooars region of Jalpaiguri district in West Bengal damaging tea gardens and destroying standing crops.

Around 40 elephants have trooped into the Washabarie tea gardens causing mayhem in the area.

Animal lovers say that because of man-animal conflict, the tuskers are forced to come out of the forests from time-to-time in search of food as their natural habitat is dwindling due to human encroachments.

According to the residents, the elephants, which have been coming out from the nearby forests, first appeared near the residential quarters of the tea garden workers and were driven away by the locals towards a nearby river.

But, they reappeared and caused damage to the paddy fields.

“Around 40 elephants entered in this division. Earlier, they were near the worker quarter. Now, the villagers have shooed them away to the nearby river,” said Balbir Singh Yash, a resident.

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Elephant poaching on the rise, ivory seized

Neha Sinha, Indianexpress.com
Octpber 17, 2008

New Delhi, October 16 : In the first indications that this year’s Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) sanctioned legal trade in African Ivory is providing a fillip to clandestine elephant poaching in India, two separate ivory seizures in Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh, totalling around 16 kilos, are ringing alarm bells.

In its 58th Standing Committee meeting in July this year, CITES, the most authoritative word on trade in flora and fauna in the world, sanctioned the legal trade of 108 tons of government-owned ivory from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe to China and Japan. The Indian delegation at CITES had at the time argued that such a move would put Indian tuskers at risk, by sending mixed signals to the poachers on the ‘legality’ of Ivory trade, a proposal which had been turned down.
Now, the ramifications seem to be hitting home. Last Saturday, the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau in a Joint Operation with the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force and NGO Wildlife Trust of India seized 10 kilos of elephant molars and 250 grams of elephant tusk in Bijnore, adjoining the Amangarh area in Uttar Pradesh. Three people have been arrested related to the incident. On Wednesday, 5.9 kilos of ivory was seized by the state forest department from Laldhang division in Uttarakhand, close to Rajaji National Park. One person, a middleman, has been arrested.

Officials from the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) point out that the poaching of elephant molars (back teeth) is a first time occurence and may signify a rise in the general trend of elephant poaching. “Taking out elephant molars is a very time consuming and laborious process. This means two things, firstly the elephant would certainly have been killed to remove molars, and secondly the poachers would have been very familiar with the routes taken by the elephants. This generally indicates a rise in poaching,” says

Wild elephant electrocuted; man trampled to death

Daily News and Analysis
October 14, 2008

ROURKELA (Orissa): A wild elephant was electrocuted at Arjunda village in Kanika forest range of Sundergarh, 150 km from here, while a man was killed in tusker attack elsewhere in the district.
Police said in the first incident a pachyderm, aged 20-25 years, came in contact with a low-lying overhead 11 KV line while roaming outside the village on Sunday night.
On hearing its screams, villagers gathered but found that the tusker had already died.
Sundergarh Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) B N Thakur along with police visited the spot. The pachyderm was buried outside the village after a post-mortem.
The villagers had complained that such incidents were frequent due to low-lying high tension lines in rural areas.
In another incident, a 55-year-old man, Ray Gadia Munda was trampled to death by a wild elephant at Bambundia village under Sundergarh Sadar police limit, about 140 km from here on Monday night.
Police said while Munda died on the spot, his nephew escaped unhurt. Forest officials reached the village and promised financial assistance to the family.

Three arrested for trading elephant molar teeth and ivory

The Economic Times
14 October, 2008

A joint team of the Wildlife Crime Control Bureau (WCCB) along with Uttar Pradesh police and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) seized ten kgs of molar teeth from the accused, identified as Furkan, Bahajuddin and Munsif.

"Following a tip-off, a trap was laid and a decoy customer was sent to finalise a deal. The accused were caught red-handed while exchanging molar teeth in lieu of money in Chandpur area," Ramesh Pandey, Deputy Director (Northern) of the Bureau said.

He said the two molars weighing around 5 kgs each were seized from their possession in the raid conducted two days ago.

"Trade in molar teeth is much more serious crime compared to ivory as the former can be extracted either by killing the elephant or when the animal dies.

"The seizure indicates that the poachers have reach deep inside the forests," Pandey said suggesting that so far ivory trade has been known to be a major drive for elephant poaching.

A case under various sections of Wildlife Protection Act has been registered against the accused and further investigation is on.

Hungry parade of elephants leads to frustration in BNP

Bosky Khanna, Daily News and Analysis
October 04, 2008

BANGALORE: How much food an elephant needs a day?
The voracious appetite of the 5000-odd elephants in Karnataka is leading to a frustrating time for farmers, private land owners as well as forest officials, who have an arduous task of enhancing the green belt across the state.

Bannerghatta National Park (BNP), located 23 kms from the city centre, registers over 500 man-elephant conflict complaints during the monsoon and harvest season.

Harvest season is munching time for the parade of elephants that roam through the leafy forest area.

Despite the luscious bamboo plantations and 120 water bodies that BNP has, more than 200 elephants raid private fields that grow ragi, paddy, sugarcane, mangoes, jackfruit and coconuts.

Elephant killed by goods train in West Bengal


October 5th, 2008
Siliguri, Oct 5 (ANI): An elephant was killed by a goods train near Rajabhat Khawo area of the Bauxa Tiger Reserve Forest of Cooch Bihar District of West-Bengal on early Sunday morning.

According to the forest officials, while crossing the railway track, the elephant collided with the speeding train. The animal was crossing the forest from 21, basti area of the forestland to the other part of the forest. It died soon after colliding with the train.

As a result of the accident, two coaches of the train were also derailed.

The DRM of the East Frontier Railway, R. K. Sinha, along with other officials immediately rushed to the spot.

On the other hand, the Deputy Field Director of the Bauxa Tiger Reserve Forest, A. P. Singh, said we are looking into the matter. If required, then there would be a stoppage on the movement of trains through this route at night, but it would be decided only after high-level discussions, he added.