Sunday, June 25, 2017

Elephant `Gajraj' rescued

Mumbai: `Gajraj', a 63-year old elephant, has been rescued after living in chains at Aundh in Satara district of Maharashtra for more than 50 years, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) said in Mumbai on Wednesday.

He has been sent to Elephant Conservation and Care Centre (ECCC) at Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, it said.

PETA had launched a campaign for rescue of Gajraj, who was kept chained near a popular temple in Aundh.

In April, Maharashtra government appointed veterinarians confirmed that the elephant was suffering from untreated abscesses on his hindquarters and elbows, as well as a painful foot condition, PETA said.

According to PETA's director of veterinary affairs Dr Manilal Valliyate, Gajraj is thought to be captured from the wild in 1965, and then forced to make an 800-kilometre journey from Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh to Satara.

Several celebrities, including Jacqueline Fernandez, Suniel Shetty, Sunny Leone, Sidharth Malhotra and Sonakshi Sinha had supported PETA's campaign for the animal's rescue.

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Wildlife Trust to purchase 38 acres for jumbo corridor

MYSURU: As part of its long-term goal to secure elephant corridors across India and check man-animal conflicts, Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), along with the Karnataka Forest Department, has planned to purchase 38 acres on the fringes of Chamarajanagar-Talamalai forest at Mudahalli to widen the elephant corridor.

With the proposed land acquisition, the corridor will be widened by 200-300 metres along along 1.5 km to facilitate free movement of elephants. The plan has a potential to provide unhindered habitat connectivity for more than 2,000 elephants directly.

The authorities have studied the link for wild animals’ movement between Biligiri Ranganathaswamy Tiger Reserve and Sathyamangalam Tiger Reserve.

The move will benefit around 2,000 elephants. The Forest Department felt the widening of the elephant corridor not only provides free passage to elephants but also bails out around 5 lakh families affected by man-animal conflict. Keen on protecting wildlife habitats, the WTI had, in 2005, identified 88 elephant corridors across India’s elephant range states, working in collaboration with a team of experienced researchers, forest officials and NGOs.

Though five corridors like Edayarhalli-Doddasampige (Karnataka), Siju-Rewak (Meghalaya), Rewak-Emangre (Meghalaya), Thirunelli-Kudrakote (Kerala) and Chilla-Motichur (Uttarakhand) have already been secured with the support of stakeholders, the WTI that purchased 25.5 acres in Doddasampige in 2003 had transferred the land in 2009.

The WTI has plans to involve schools and community organisations in conducting awareness programmes to educate villagers about the need of corridors. It will also educate the local communities towards minimising their dependency on forests.

“The Mudahalli Corridor, with its small but vital piece of land, is all the elephants have to pass between two key tiger reserves— BRT and Sathyamangalam,” said Sandeep Tiwari of the IUCN-Asian Elephant Specialist Group, India.

“The other corridor between these protected areas, Punjur, is almost completely blocked leaving Mudahalli as the critical connection with the movement already restricted for both
elephants and tigers,” he added.

He said the efforts of WTI and the Karnataka Forest Department to secure and widen the corridor needs urgent support.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Elephant Calf Found Dead

BERHAMPUR: An elephant calf was found dead near Karada forest in Kandhamal district on Thursday. The postmortem of the calf, aged less than a year, was done, a day after its death on Friday, as four elephants, including the mother, did not allow the forest officials to go to the spot.

“We waited the whole day but could not venture near the spot as the herd guarded the carcass,” said divisional forest officer (Phulbani) Prakash Chand Gogineni. Efforts of the forest staff to drive away the elephants from the spot also failed.

A group of tribals had informed the forest officials about the carcass. He said the exact cause of death could not be ascertained. There was no visible injury mark on the carcass.

“The reason of the death would be known only after we get the postmortem report,” said the DFO.

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Sunday, June 18, 2017

Selfie with wild elephant lands man in hospital

BHUBANESWAR: Taking selfie with a wild elephant cost a youth dear. The pachyderm suddenly attacked the man and left him in serious condition. It happened at Masania village under Motanga police limits in Dhenkanal district on Tuesday.

He was identified as Abhisekh Nayak, 20, of Masania. He was excited to see the wild elephants near his village. To make the moment memorable, he tried to take a selfie with the animal, locals said.
The villagers were in a state of fear during last two days as a herd of elephant entered into the area. Nayak had gone with a few locals to the woods to have a glimpse of the wild elephants. Without realising the risk involved, he went to one of the wild elephants to take a selfie with the pachyderm. The violent animal chased him and attacked him.

Motanga police station inspector-in-charge PK Tripathy said the locals immediately came to Nayak's rescue and admitted him to the district headquarters hospital at Dhenkanal. Later, he was shifted to a private hospital in Bhubaneswar, he added.

He is undergoing treatment in AMRI hospital here. "He has received multiple injuries in his body. His abdomen is severely injured. We have operated on his body. He is now in surgical ICU. But his condition is stable," said AMRI Hospital Bhubaneswar vice chairman Salil Mohanty.

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18-year-old elephant found dead

Coimbatore, Jun 9 (PTI) The carcass of an elephant was today found in Ayyasamymalai in the forest range of Madukkarai on the outskirts.

The Anti-Poaching wing noticed the 18-year-old elephant lying dead and informed the forest department, department officials said.

Officials suspect that the pachyderm could be the same one, which strayed into human habitats a couple of days ago and damaged the gate of a house and some crops.

Autopsy will reveal the real cause of the death, they said.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tusker leaps over fence to enter forest

BENGALURU: A day after a wild elephant trampled two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) perssonel - assistant sub inspector H Dakshina Murthy and constable Puttappa Lamani -to death in a CRPF camp at Taralu village in south Bengaluru, forest officers attached to the Kaggalipura Range found that the tusker had entered the Bannerghata National Park after jumping over a 7ft-high railway barrier.

Kaggalipura range forest officer Varun Kumar SV told TOI, "It appears as if the tusker entered the CRPF camp on road after crossing a forest checkpost. It could have lost its way, and entered the camp in search of water and food. It has now found its way into the forest by crossing the railway barrier erected along the forest border. In fact, the barrier is meant to prevent elephants from leaving the forest. But this elephant appears to have learnt how to scale the barrier - it used a boulder to climb and jumped over."

Foresters are now tracing the footprints of the wild tusker to see where it's headed. Queried about plans to raise the height of the barrier, in view of other instances of jumbos straying into human habitats in Bannerghata and Nagarahole, Varun said, "We've cleared bushes and rocks near the barrier so they don't cross over again. There are only a few vulnerable points along the length of the barrier that need to be fixed."

A senior forest department official said that they had not received any instructions to capture the elephant."The elephant is back in the forest now. We will track its movements. But, we have no plans of capturing it for now," she added.

Another senior forest official said that the department had collected details of the family members of the two CRPF men. "Compensation will be paid to them soon," he said.

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Saturday, June 10, 2017

Elephant tramples man to death

Coimbatore: A 50-year-old security guard was trampled to death by a wild elephant on Sunday night in Valparai near here. He body was found in a trench on Monday morning.

The deceased was identified as Babu S. "He was a native of Nadapuram near Perambalur and has been working as a labourer at the Murugali Estate in Valparai for the past 40 years. During the day he used to work at the estate and at night, worked as the security guard at Murugali doctor's quarters," a police officer said.

On Sunday, Babu reached the doctor's quarters at 6pm for duty. "Around 1.30am, while he was sleeping, an elephant broke opened the gate. Babu, who woke up hearing the noise, ran for his life. The elephant, however, brought him down with its trunk. It lifted him with its trunk and smashed him to the ground. The elephant then stomped on his head, crushing him to death," the officer added.

When Babu did not return home on Monday morning, his mother informed his brother Nirmal Kumar, who is the estate supervisor. Nirmal Kumar found Babu's body in a trench near the doctor's quarters.

Police was informed and the body was taken for post-mortem. It was later handed over to his family.
Babu is survived by his wife and children, who stay in Perambalur.

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Tea garden worker killed by elephant

Jalpaiguri(WB), May 15 (PTI) One person was killed by an elephant in Jalpaiguri district, Forest officials said today.

Sunil Oraon, a worker of Saraswatipur tea garden was killed late last night by an elephant near the tea garden, the officials said.

Oraon had stepped out of his house to answer the call of nature when he was attacked by the elephant, they added.

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‘Terror elephant’ Chullikomban caught after tranquilizing

KANNUR: Chullikomban, the lone tusker that unleashed terror in Aralam forest region, has been finally caught after tranquilizing. The elephant that killed four people in Aralam alone, was caught after 15 hours of effort on Wednesday, said forest officials.

The forest officials began the task under the leadership of north zone forest conservator Shrawan Kumar Verma in the morning and by noon it was tranquilized by the veterinary surgeon Arun Zacharia. However, three wild elephants guarded it and hence it could not be caught, said officials. Later, around 2.30 pm, once again it was tranquilized using tranquilizer gun and the guarding elephants were driven off using trained elephants.

However, owing to rain, the rogue elephant could not be taken in a vehicle immediately, and it was around 4.30 pm that it was taken in a special vehicle. Later around 10.15 pm it was put in the cage, a temporary training crush, built specially for this purpose with eucalyptus trees.

This elephant is a mystery creature and it had been roaming around in the Aralam locality for quite some time. Normally a lone tusker will always be alone, but this one was different and at times it moved alone. It also mingled with different groups sometimes, they said.

The tusker will be shifted to the elephant shelter and training centre at Kodanad in Ernakulam district. However, since they cannot shift it immediately after tranquilizing, they must keep the rogue elephant here for a few more weeks and hence the cage.

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18 jumbos die in Kerala reserve

KOZHIKODE: At least 18 wild elephants have died in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) in the last four summer months due to the unprecedented drought in the state.

The deaths have occurred despite the forest department authorities ensuring water availability inside the sanctuary by even filling up dried water holes using tankers.

Wildlife experts have attributed the increased elephant mortality during summer due to rise in ambient temperature. The casualties included three calves, four sub-adult and 11 adult elephants.

Wildlife veterinarian Dr. Arun Zachariah said, " The heat stress due to the rise in ambient temperature is believed to have lowered elephants' immunity making them prone to bacterial infections which had caused most of the deaths.

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Thursday, June 08, 2017

Elderly man trampled to death by elephant in Chhattisgarh

A 58-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant in Pratappur area of Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur district, a forest official said today. Mahesh Gond, a native of Ghumadand village in the district, was yesterday attacked by the tusker while he had gone to pluck tendu leaves in Pratappur area under Surajpur forest division, he said.

Some other villagers, who were also in the forest, managed to run away when they saw the pachyderm but Mahesh failed to escape in time. The elephant smashed him to the ground with its trunk before trampling him to death, he said.

The police and forest officials rushed to the spot after getting information about the incident. The man’s body was handed over to his relatives after the postmortem, the official said adding that a case has been registered in this connection.

The kin of the deceased have been given an instant relief amount of Rs 25,000 by the forest department, he said. Several incidents of human-elephant conflict have been reported in the past from the thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, consisting of Surguja, Surajpur, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur, Balrampur and Korea districts.

The region has witnessed several killings of tribals and widespread damage to houses and crops by rogue elephants.

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Jumbo found dead in Palamu Tiger Reserve

DALTONGANJ: A male elephant was found dead at Bareysarn compartment 16 in Hooluk forest in the buffer area of Palamu Tiger Reserve(PTR) on Monday.

DFO buffer Mahilang said, "A staff member told me that there was no sign of any external injury on the elephant's body." He added that the exact reason behind the death will be ascertained once the postmortem is completed. The viscera samples of the jumbo has been preserved to be sent to a forensic laboratory in Ranchi.

When asked if the heat could be the cause of death, the DFO said, "I cannot vouch for it but 16 elephants in Kerala reportedly died due to heat stroke in a span of three weeks." The DFO also ruled out the possibility of any man-animal conflict on this regard.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Wild Elephant Kills Four in Southern India

New Delhi, Kathmandu – Officials say four people including a teenager and two women were killed when a wild elephant ran amok in southern India early Friday.

District official S. Madhuranthangi said that the elephant strayed into a residential area on the outskirts of the Coimbatore city from a nearby forest and carried out three attacks, sending residents into a state of panic.

Madhuranthangi said: “the elephant first entered a house and attacked a family that was asleep. It lifted a twelve-year girl with its trunk and flung her to the ground, causing her to die on the spot.

“It trampled two women and a 70-year-old man to death in separate attacks later.”

She said Five more people injured in the attacks were admitted to hospitals in Coimbatore, where the condition of two wounded was said to be serious.

Hundreds gathered in the area as wildlife and police teams attempted to tranquilise the animal to arrange for its return to the forest.

“The elephant has gone astray and has been wreaking havoc in the region. … It attacked a government food rations store earlier on Thursday.

“We have warned residents not to venture out from their homes, but there is a lot of commotion around,” the official said.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Woman killed by elephant in Sitabani

AINITAL: A woman was killed by an elephant in Sitabani forest area near Corbett Tiger Reserve. The woman was returning from Sitabani to Ramnagar with a friend on a bike on Wednesday when an elephant appeared in front of them, causing the rider to lose balance and resulting in both of them falling on the ground.

According to forest department officials, the jumbo picked up Amrita Kaur (42) with its trunk and threw her away, killing her instantly. The forest department has announced compensation of Rs 1 lakh for the family of the victim.

"An inquiry has been set up into the matter," said Neha Verma, divisional forest officer, Ramnagar. Tourists will not be allowed in Sitabani forest zone, officials said.

The officials of the forest department said that they have replenished all water holes, natural and artificial, at Corbett Tiger Reserve to ensure that wild animals do not have to travel long distances to quench their thirst.

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Rangers try to rescue wild elephant in India's northeast

GAUHATI, India (AP) " Indian veterinarians are treating a 10-year-old wild elephant with an injured leg to help it escape from a marshy area where it has been stuck for at least five days.

The state Forest and Environment Ministry said forest rangers are bringing domesticated elephants to help rescue the trapped male elephant in Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, 40 kilometers (25 miles) east of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.

Their first priority is to treat the elephant's injury so it can come out on its own.

Such events are becoming increasingly common in the state, which has a large population of wild elephants. Many stray from their herds and enter swampy areas or nearby villages in search of food.

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Another woman attacked by elephant

A day after a woman was trampled by an elephant in the Ramnagar area of Kumaon, another woman was attacked by an elephant in the Riawala area here today.

The incident happened at the Satyanarayan section of Motichoor area of Raiwala. The victim, Jhuma Devi (36), had gone to forest to collect fodder this morning when she was attacked by an elephant.
After sustaining grievous injuries, Jhuma Devi somehow managed to escape from the jaws of death by hiding herself behind a big tree. Jhuma was later taken to hospital where her condition is stated to be serious.

Only yesterday, a woman was killed by an elephant in Ramnagar forests of Kumaon. The victim, Amrit Kaur (42), was attacked by an elephant in the Sitabani area of Ramnagar.

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Safe passage for Odisha wildlife put on track

BHUBANESWAR: With growing expansion of railway networks cutting through critical wildlife habitats, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu has lent a hand to Odisha for creation of passages for wild animals,elephants to be particular, as part of mitigation measures that can prevent casualties on the tracks.

The Wildlife Wing of the State Government has submitted a proposal to DG (Forests) which will be placed before the Rail Ministry for financial support. On April 28, DG (Forests) Sidhanta Das wrote to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (PCCF) SS Srivastava informing Prabhu’s interest to support construction of under and overpasses to prevent death of wild animals due to train accidents.The Wildlife Wing’s proposal includes construction of underpasses at 14 points in three forest divisions of the State, sources said.

One underpass has been proposed in Berhampur Forest Division where five jumbos were killed by
Coromondal Express five years back. Of the 11 proposals under Keonjhar Forest Division, three are
planned between Keonjhar and Nayagarh under East Coast Railway, seven between Nayagarh and
Padapahad and one between Keonjhar and Harichandanpur under South Eastern Railway. Similarly, under Athagarh Forest Division, one underpass has been planned along Joranda RoadRaj Athagarh.

In Keonjhar and Rairakhole Divisions, girder fencing has been proposed at six places which are used
by elephant as passages. These rail fencings include Keonjhar­Banspani segment and the stretch from
Rungta mines to Nayagarh. Since wild animals, mostly elephants, fall victim to trains after failing to assess their speed, the Wildlife Wing has also proposed nine segments where pace of the trains has to be controlled.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Electrocuted elephant with burn marks being dragged through West Bengal village will break your heart

In a disheartening incident, an elephant with burn marks was seen being dragged through a West Bengal village after it was electrocuted. The elephant which accidentally touched the electric fence around rice fields in Debi Simul village leading to death. Although forest officials tried to save the animal the elephant had died by then. As nothing else could lift an elephant a pickup truck lifted the body and dragged it through the lanes of the village. The body was then sent to postmortem to determine the exact cause of its death.

Daily Mail quoted Shri Haris, a senior forest official as saying, “There are no external injuries but we have seen some burn marks on the trunk. ‘The initial reports suggest that the elephant has died of electrocution but the exact cause of the death can be confirmed only after a postmortem.” A police complaint was filed against the owners of the land where the animal was found dead. As elephants have destroyed farms and harvest many farm owners placed illegal electric fencing by tapping electricity from cables to trap the animals.

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Elephant population declining in Jharkhand

The elephant population has gradually declined in Jharkhand in the last 15 years with many succumbing to electrocution, railway accidents and poaching, officials said.

There were 772 elephants in Jharkhand in 2002, which declined to 624 in 2007 and this year the elephant population is just 588.

In 2012, the elephant population had increased from 624 to 688.

The counting of elephants took place earlier this month in the six regions of the state, as per the forest department.

In Palamau Tiger Reserve area, the elephant population has declined to 186 from 238.

In Dalma sanctuary, only 46 elephants are remaining out of 156. In other regions, the elephant population has either increased or declined slightly.

"The death of elephants and migration are two reasons for the decline. Some elephants died naturally and some died due to electrocution, hit by running train or killed due to conflict with human beings," a senior forest official told IANS.

As many as 32 pachyderms have died due to electrocution and 22 elephants were killed in train accidents. Besides electrocution, poaching, poisoning and age factor are the other reasons for their deaths.

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4 jumbos rescued in Ganjam

BERHAMPUR: Forest officials on Friday rescued four elephants, including two calves and their mothers, from a well and a muddy pond in different places under Ganjam district's Tarsingi forest range in Ghumusara North forest division.

While a calf and its mother were rescued from an open well at Dupapalli near Gereda jungle, another female elephant and its baby were rescued from a muddy pond near Kusunda in the same forest range.

The elephants and their babies, in both the places, were rescued using cranes, said divisional forest officer, Ghumusara North, Ramaswamy P.

The rescued elephants had no injury marks. After being rescued, the animals were released into the wild. While a hard of four elephants are roaming in Tarsingi range, around 13 jumbos are moving in the nearby Jagannath Prasad forest range.

Meanwhile, forest officials warned the villagers in the nearby areas not to disturb the elephants and asked them to keep distance from the animals.

Three months ago, a three-month-old elephant calf was found dead near a pond at Pendarapalli under Jagannath Prasad forest range. The calf had died due to aspiratory pneumonia, according to the postmortem report, forest department sources said.

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Elephant blocks traffic to practice soccer skills in India

An Indian man investigating the cause of a traffic jam got to the front of the line of vehicles and found an elephant playing kick-the-can with a plastic container.

Akshoi Gogoi said he was returning from a road trip with some friends when they came across a traffic jam in Assam.

"We were coming back from a road trip and saw a lot of people had collected on the road ahead of us," Akshoi said.

Gogoi said he walked to the front of the line of vehicles and discovered the elephant practicing its soccer moves with a plastic container.

He said the elephant blocked the road for 30 minutes.

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2 killed in elephant attack

Two persons were killed in separate incidents of elephant attack in Sonitpur district, officials said today.

50-year-old Lakhan Praja was trampled to death by an elephant who also destroyed his house in Rangapara, Assistant Forest Conservator of West Sonitpur Forest Division Jasim Ahmed said.

In another incident, Atowa Guri (65) was killed by an elephant near Nameri national park in Chariduar, officials said.

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Elephant census: Through resource person's lens

Noted tree doctor of Bengaluru Vijay Nishanth is back from Nagarhole National Park where elephant census was conducted. Vijay was resource person in the four-day  elephant census exercise.  He has shared his experiences of jungle life.

The once-in-five-year exercise of counting elephant is officially known as All India Synchronised Asian Elephant Population Estimation, the census covered all the forest divisions and protected areas where wild elephants are found.

According to reports, volunteers, ranging from techies to wildlife enthusiasts, took part in the exercise. However, they were allowed to use their cameras and binoculars only on one day, May 19, for elephant population demography data collection.

Proud moment when a tree doctor serves forest department as resource person. Forest guards use 'Transact method' for elephant dung count to account elephants.

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Saturday, May 27, 2017

India, an elephant trying to cross the rice field, hit the electric fence, electrocuted

Aaccording to the British “Daily Mail” reported on May 25th, in a small village in India in West Bengal, an elephant wandering in the paddy fields, electric fence around the farm met accidentally, leading to electrocute, then the body was dragged off the truck.

After the incident, a team of forest officials rushed to the scene, lifted the elephant carcass in a truck and sent it to the inquest to determine the cause of death. Senior forest official Harris (Shri Haris) said that the elephant’s body no trauma, but there are some traces of burns on the nose. Preliminary reports show that the elephant died of electrocution, but the exact cause of the autopsy report can be determined.

A nearby villager says the elephant problem has been plaguing the villagers around them. “They destroy crops, destroy houses, and sometimes attack us.””. To keep them away from farms, some farmers set up illegal electric fences around farms.

Since 1986, India elephants have been listed as endangered by the International Union for conservation of nature, but an average of 100 elephants die each year from human conflict, a figure that worries people about the survival of elephants in India.

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Elephants being killed in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for trunk meat

India only has about 30,000 tuskers left in its forests and reserves.

Reports of elephant meat consumption in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have raised the hackles of forest officials and wildlife activists.

On May 1, the mutilated carcass of a wild elephant was discovered at Ahutoli village in the eastern state's Nagaon district. This is about 130 km from capital Guwahati. While the tusks being missing is a usual sight, villagers were surprised to see the whole 7-foot bloodied trunk hacked off and lying some distance away.

Local folklore in the Karbi Anglong Hills, where the incident occurred, said the "trunk is the tastiest part of the jumbo's body." Some members of the residing tribal communities here, including Karbi, Garo, Dimasa, Adivasis, are known to indulge in this wild meat.

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Coimbatore heatwave and fodder shortage kill 8 elephants

Eight elephants have died in Coimbatore forest range as a result of a severe heatwave in the area. The Forest department has said the heatwave has caused a drought in the area leading to shortage of fodder.

According to the Times of India, the District forest officer (DFO) S Ramasubramanian has said that that more elephants would go without food in the coming days if the region did not receive rain. He also added that the department can provide water facilities to the elephants, but they cannot provide fodder.

The Coimbatore forest division is spread across 711 sqkm has seven forest ranges - Coimbatore, Madukkarai, Bouluvampatti Periyanaickenpalayam, Karamadai, Mettupalayam and Sirumugai. Severe drought has taken a heavy toll in the forest areas of Madukkkarai, Sirmugai, Thadagam, Marudhamalai, Mettupalayam and a few more areas which have run out of green and fresh fodder for the elephants.

"An adult elephant needs 250 kg of food every day. So it wanders more than 12 hours in the forest for food. The severe drought has hit the forests and the elephants are struggling to survive due to non-availability of green fodder," said DFO Ramasubramanian.

"If the situation continues for a month, many elephants could die in the forests," added Ramasubramanian.

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Elderly man trampled to death by elephant in Chhattisgarh

KORBA: A 58-year-old man was trampled to death by an elephant in Pratappur area of Chhattisgarh's Surajpur district, a forest official said today.

Mahesh Gond, a native of Ghumadand village in the district, was yesterday attacked by the tusker while he had gone to pluck tendu leaves in Pratappur area under Surajpur forest division, he said.

Some other villagers, who were also in the forest, managed to run away when they saw the pachyderm but Mahesh failed to escape in time.

The elephant smashed him to the ground with its trunk before trampling him to death, he said.

The police and forest officials rushed to the spot after getting information about the incident.

The man's body was handed over to his relatives after the postmortem, the official said adding that a case has been registered in this connection.

The kin of the deceased have been given an instant relief amount of Rs 25,000 by the forest department, he said.

Several incidents of human-elephant conflict have been reported in the past from the thick forested northern Chhattisgarh, consisting of Surguja, Surajpur, Korba, Raigarh, Jashpur, Balrampur and Korea districts.

The region has witnessed several killings of tribals and widespread damage to houses and crops by rogue elephants.

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Heat exposure kills elephant in Odisha



RAYAGADA:A female elephant was found dead in Niyamgiri hill of Kalyansinghpur block area of the district on Sunday.

Forester Nilamadhab Padhi said the elephant was aged about seven years and might have slipped while climbing a hill and sustained injuries. The incident seems to have taken place three days back, Padhi said.

After the fall, she injured her leg and might not have been able to get up because of which she remained exposed to the heat and might have died of sunstroke.

Some villagers spotted the elephant and informed the forest officials, who rushed to the spot along with Rayagada DFO P Sanjeeva Reddy and buried the carcass after a post­mortem.

Rag­picker dies due to sunstroke.

A 50 ­year ­old man allegedly died due to sunstroke in Muniguda of Rayagada district here on Sunday. He has been identified as S Ramu of Kottapeta village in Srikakulam district of Andhra Pradesh.

According to sources, Ramu used to earn his living by collecting rags and plastic material. Muniguda
police recovered the body.

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Elephants being killed in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh for trunk meat

Reports of elephant meat consumption in parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh have raised the hackles of forest officials and wildlife activists.

On May 1, the mutilated carcass of a wild elephant was discovered at Ahutoli village in the eastern state's Nagaon district. This is about 130 km from capital Guwahati. While the tusks being missing is a usual sight, villagers were surprised to see the whole 7-foot bloodied trunk hacked off and lying some distance away.

Local folklore in the Karbi Anglong Hills, where the incident occurred, said the "trunk is the tastiest part of the jumbo's body." Some members of the residing tribal communities here, including Karbi, Garo, Dimasa, Adivasis, are known to indulge in this wild meat.

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Uttarakhand, UP gear up to count their elephants from May 23

The forest departments in Uttarakhand and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh are gearing up to count the elephants in their respective territories as part of national census beginning May 23. The census will continue till May 27. Field staff in both states is being trained in the methodology that will be used during the census.

In the Himalayan state, there are nearly 40 forest divisions besides protected areas that have flourishing elephant population. As per the records, the state had 1,797 elephants during a count done in 2015.

Currently, the field staff is being trained about the analysis that will be done during five days of census. “The census would be crisp and precise for which we need the staff to be fully trained. We are teaching them of transits, how blocks will be decided, and how analysis of dung would be done,” Sanatan Sonkar, director Rajaji told Hindustan Times.


Rajaji reported 309 elephants during the last count. In fact, an orientation workshop for UP and Uttarakhand officials was also organized in April to discuss various details of the census.

Some forest divisions do not have a continuous spread of elephants. Thus engaging staff for census work in such pockets would be a waste, officials said. “We are identifying areas that have limited or no records of elephant presence. This would help us strategise the census,” Sinkar added.

Meanwhile, in Uttar Pradesh the census will largely focus on border areas of Nepal as well as Uttarakhand. There are roughly 169 elephants in the state.

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Friday, May 05, 2017

Temple elephant flings stone at mahout who succumbs to injuries in Alathur , Palakkad

Thiruvananthapuram,May4: In a fit of rage, an elephant, taken for a temple festival
to Palakkad district, hurled a stone at its mahout, causing him to die of grievous head
injuries.

The incident occurred two weeks ago at Alathur in Palakkad during a temple festival, when
the animal ran amok, picked up a stone with its trunk and hurled it at the 49­year­old
mahout.

The injured man was taken to a local hospital, and later shifted to Kottayam Medical
College Hospital, where he died on Monday, hospital sources said.

Dr Balakrishnan, neurology department head, told PTI that probably the victim’s brain
was shattered in the impact of the hit.

Mahouts being killed by elephants during must is a routine affair in Kerala, especially during
temple festivals. Musth is a periodic condition in bull (male) elephants, characterised by highly
aggressive behaviour and accompanied by a large rise in reproductive hormones.

According to V K Venkatachalam, secretary, Heritage Animal Task Force, three mahouts
have become victims of jumbo fury in the State in the last 10 days in different incidents in Thiruvanathapuram, Parasala and Palakkad. Ten elephants have died in Kerala since January this year during temple festivities, he added.

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20 persons injured as jumbo runs amok

hattamangalam (Ker), May 3 (PTI) At least 20 persons were injured when an elephant ran amok as 34 elephants were lined up for a parade at a temple in Thattamangalam in Palakkad district recently, police said today.

Police said cases under IPC sections 289 (Negligent conduct with respect to animals) and 336 (endangering life or personal safety of others) have been registered against the authorities of the Vettai Karuppaswamy Shiva temple here and those who had brought the elephants for the parade on Saturday last.

Five elephants panicked and ran for at least three km before they were brought under control.
Local people, who had gathered to watch the festivities were injured in the melee, police said.
The incident occurred at around 10 pm during the festival, which is held every two years in the area.

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Detection of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus infection among healthy Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in South India

Commonest age group affected was 20-29 years in both sexes. A variant of the endotheliotropic herpesvirus in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus) in European zoos. 2010. Frozen shoulder is the common name for adhesive capsulitis, a shoulder condition that limits your range of motion. Like any other disease there may be a genetic predisposition in some animals, but we can say with confidence that it is not a genetic condition. 1999) and EEHV3 and EEHV4 have each been associated with the death of an Asian elephant calf (Latimer et al. 1, and day 2 for case No.

Symptoms of acute EEHV disease initially involve lethargy and edema followed by systemic internal hemorrhaging and death within just a few days. In most cases, the virus is fatal. There are four genetically different elephant endotheliotropic herpesviruses. Idag har sju olika genotyper av EEHV identifierats. Joseph Petrosino, instructor Donna M. As a result, expression of gN using the Leishmania platform is likely to increase the chance of this protein to induce an effective immune response. Copyright © 2016, American Society for Microbiology.

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Elephant kills a mahout at Dubare Elephant Camp

A mahout was killed by Forest department elephant on Thursday in Dubare elephant camp.

Sources said that elephant Karthik (7) trampled  Mani (47), a mahout to death while he was providing fodder.

The incident occured at five o clock in the evening.  Last month on April 17 the  same elephant had killed a mahout  Annu (45).

The autopsy of the deceased was conducted at Siddapur government hospital and the police officers have registered a case.

Speaking to reporters DCF Surya sen said that after attacking mahout last month, the forest officials had alerted  all the mahouts and Kavadis to be careful while handling the elephant .

“The elephant is particularly allergic of alcohol and if  anyone goes near to it  by consuming alcohol it attacks” he added.

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

22-km electric fence erected in Bardiya

Around 22 km of electric fencing work has been completed in the Nepal-India border area of Bardiya district under the initiatives of locals of Rajapur Municipality and Geruwa Village Council.

The electric fencing has been installed between the border pillars 87 and 98 to prevent wild elephants from entering the Nepali territory from the Indian forest across the border.

Local Mangal Tharu said India’s paramilitary force, Shasastra Seema Bal (SSB), had obstructed them from installing the fence on the Nepali side. “Despite obstructions, we continued the fencing works,” said Tharu.

Villagers complained that the local administration did not help them while constructing the fence. A month ago, the dispute ensued when a group of armed SSB personnel crossed into the Nepali territory and intimidated the locals who were installing the fence.

However, the situation eased after the APF and the SSB agreed not to mark the fence as the permanent borderline until a joint Nepal-India survey team inspects the area.

The fence was constructed 80 metres away from the no-man’s land inside the Nepali territory, said local Bishnu Rijal.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Rescued circus elephant Sita passes away

MATHURA: Sixty-year-old 'Sita', one of the elephants rescued from a Tamil Nadu circus 18 months ago, died on Friday afternoon at the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation & Care Centre in Mathura. Its condition suddenly turned critical on Thursday night. The animal it breathed its last at 2.30 pm on Friday.

The pachyderm was suffering from chronic foot problems and senility and under the care of a team of five veterinarians. Dr Ilayaraja, deputy director, veterinary, Wildlife SOS. said, "Multiple organ failure caused by impaired circulation due to severe senility is suspected to be the cause of death."

Sita and Mia were rescued and sent to Mathura by Wildlife SOS from Tamil Nadu. Sita was older of the two elephants. Its condition was a testament to years of mishandling and improper care.

On arrival at the Elephant Conservation and Care Centre, Mathura, vets diagnosed it with suffering from a condition known as ankylosis, an ailment of the joints that had afflicted both its forelimbs. Vets found that it had suffered a fracture in captivity that had never been allowed to heal.


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Friday, April 07, 2017

Ten elephant corridors in Odisha viable for restoration

Ten of the 14 proposed elephant corridors identified to facilitate unhindered movement of jumbos and prevent their inbreeding have been found viable for restoration in Odisha.

Raman Sukumar, noted elephant expert and professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences at Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru, said not all the 14 elephant corridors identified by the State government can be restored for a variety of reasons.

Prof. Sukumar has been roped in by the State government to prepare a management plan for elephant reserves, assess carrying capacity of forests with respect to elephant population and firm up an action plan for the future.

‘Need to be realistic’


“We are assessing which are the viable corridors that can be protected and strengthened for elephant movement. There is no point in drawing a line on a map identifying corridors. We need to be realistic,” he said speaking to reporters here recently.

“I am not in favour of large-scale land acquisition. Land is a very sensitive issue. We have to identify very strategic area that holds the corridor almost like a crutch. We will require small land parcel to stitch the corridors,” he said.

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Bengal, northeast to kick-off first synchronised elephant census

Kolkata, March 21 (IANS) In a first, states in eastern and northeast India, including West Bengal, will carry out a synchronised elephant census beginning on March 27, by deploying direct and indirect counting methods.

The training sessions for estimation of jumbo numbers in north Bengal began in four locations on Tuesday, said State Chief Wildlife Warden, Pradeep Vyas.

“This is the first time that four zones (north, south, east and north-eastern zone) have been demarcated to count elephants. In the all-India synchronised elephant census, the dates for northeast zone are March 27 to March 29. North Bengal is included in the northeast zone for the regional census,” Vyas told IANS on Tuesday.

Vyas said the simultaneous approach will eliminate duplication in counting.
“Earlier, each state used to conduct their own census. So, elephant populations often used to get counted twice or there was under-estimation,” Vyas added.

Apart from direct sighting, forest officials and experts will deploy dung-decay assessment as well for accuracy.

Dung-decay method relies on estimating the pachyderm population size by counting dung piles and understanding how often elephants defecate and how fast dung piles decay.

“In northeast zone, north Bengal, Assam, Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura are included. In the second week of April, first phase of census in South Bengal will begin. For that, the training sessions are on March 24. South Bengal is part of the east zone comprising Odisha, Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh,” Vyas said.

Although West Bengal has only two per cent of India’s elephant population, they are responsible for over 20 per cent of human deaths in the country, officials said.

The synchronised estimation will help in shedding light on demography and migration patterns.
According to data for 2012 with the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, wild elephants in Bengal numbered 647.

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Herd of elephants strays into Sidhi district

Sources said the herd includes three adults and two small elephants. It was seen in and around the jungles near Ramdaha Kund and Mach Mahua villages of the Kusmi block for the past one week. The presence of the elephants has sparked panic among the local residents, though the forest department has already sounded alert in the area.

The road between Bhuimar and Kusmi has been blocked by the forest department, due to which the residents of around three dozen villages have to travel additional 150 kilometres for reaching Kusmi block headquarters, said sources. This despite the fact that the distance between Kusmi and Bhuimar is only 30 km, added sources.

Sources said a herd of elephants strayed into the district last year also and two elephants of the herd lost their way. They were later found near Banjari village of the district. However, both the elephants later got electrocuted. However, the forest department is also alert about the security of the animals this time, added sources.

Elephants normally migrate from Orissa, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh to adjoining areas of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh due to abundance of standing crops and bamboo, besides other forest produce. Normally, the herds take refuge in small patches of forests during the daytime and come out and raid the crops at night. In Madhya Pradesh, elephant straying was first noticed in Sidhi district in 2002.


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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Yusuf Pathan bats for elephant conservation

Mathura, Mar 18 (PTI) Batting for conservation of Asiatic elephants, cricketer Yusuf Pathan has said if concerted efforts were not made in this direction, the future generations will see the giant animals only in pictures.

The cricketer, who visited the Wildlife SOS’ Elephant Care and Conservation Centre here along with his wife and two sons yesterday, said he was happy with the way the animals were being protected by the centre.

He said the Asiatic elephants, found in southeast Asia, are getting extinct at an alarming rate due to hunting and other factors.

“It is very important to protect them so that even the future generations can see them for real and not just in pictures. This requires a combined effort from all,” the 34-year-old cricketer said.

Geeta Seshamani, Co-Founding Director and Secretary of Wildlife SOS, said it was a matter of pride that cricketers like Pathan were advocating wildlife conservation.

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Elephant found dead

Coimbatore, Mar 18 (PTI): A 15-year-old male elephant was found dead today in a private estate in Valparai in the district.

Workers of the cardamom estate complained of a foul smell emanating from the area, following which forest officials searched the place and recovered the carcass.

Forest Department officials said its veterinarian N S Manoharan carried out an autopsy on the elephant.

They said injury marks were found on the deceased pachyderm, which indicated it might have died after a fight with another elephant.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Temple Elephant runs amok, mahout injured

A seven-year old elephant Avanija in Lord Venkateshwara temple ran amok here this afternoon injuring its mahout and created panic among the devotees..
The incident took place when the young elephant was to take part in Sahastra Deepalankarana Seva suddenly raced towards the pilgrims waiting in front for the temple, police said.

During the course, mahout, Gangaiah who managed to bring the elephant under control, was injured. However, no pilgrim was injured.

The mahout has been admitted to TTD-run Aswani hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Indian wild elephants damaged crop lands, houses in Roumari border

A herd of Indian wild elephant are being entered into Bangladesh territory at night and damaging standing crop lands and houses at Roumari border adjoining villages in Kurigram district and go back early in the morning during the last three days. The farmers are being frustrated.The elephants generally enter into Bangladesh territory at about 8pm to 10pm at Algarchar area crossing international main pillar no 1071 and damaged maize, sugarcane fields, Ropa Aman and many houses. The villagers however came out from their houses for the safe of lives and tried to go back those firing lamps, beating drums and blasting light bombs (Potka).The elephants entered into the houses and ate paddy, rice and mustard. They damaged whole night and went away early in the morning.Local political leader Rezaul Islam Minu told New Nation that there is no food in the Indian hill areas causing the wild elephants have been entering into Bangladesh territory through the gate to meet up their hungry for the last several days.

The elephants also damaged several shallow machines, he added. Hearing the news local law maker of Kurigram constituency-4 Ruhul Amin, former law maker Zakir Hossain, Roumari upazila Parishad chairman Mozibar Rahman Bangobashi, upazila Norhabi officer Abdullah Al Mamun Talukdar and Rejaul Islam visited at Khewarchar area.Local law maker said the herd of Indian wild elephant come from the hill and are damaging everyday. If it continues the farmers will not able to cultivate their respective lands.

The herd of elephants damaged at 10 villages including at Alger char, Khewarchar, Lathialdanga,Bokbanda,Barraibari and Jhaubari, several farmers said.Officer-in-charge of Roumari police station Ruhani told New Nation that the wild elephants enter into the gate. If any one bother them throwing stone and pieces of bricks they exactly damaged his house. It is a matter of surprised that how the elephant identified their respective houses, OC said.

It is mentioned here that while a herd of Indian wild elephant entered into Bangladesh territory about ten days back, one elephant died of heard failure in no man's land. Later the elephant was buried by Indian concern officials.

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Man-animal conflict increases as Kerala faces severe drought

As Kerala slips into an unprecedented drought, wild animals have started raiding human settlements in search of water and food, endangering lives of people settled in fringe areas of the forest.

Last week three people were gored to death by elephant herds in separate incidents in the forested Idukki and Wayanad districts.

In the drought-hit Wayanad — the north Kerala district saw 72% deficit rainfall during the last two monsoons — people say besides elephants, other animals like, bison, deer and boars, made regular incursions into their villages.

Pepper plantation worker Nagappan, 34, was gored to death by a tusker three days ago in the district. About one-third of the district has forest cover.

According to forest officials, usually nearly 800 elephants are spotted along the Kabani riverbanks, a favourite summer habitat of jumbos in the Nilagiris, but this year their numbers dwindled to 120 as the river has partially dried up.

“Devoid of food and water, the elephant herds have become aggressive. Small crackers or fire torches fail to deter them these days. Bison and deer are behaving like domesticated animals,” said Velayudhan, a farm labourer of Thalappadi in Wayanad.

Another farmer in Ambalavayal said he lost crops worth Rs 2 lakh in the last three weeks as animals raided his farm.

“Two weeks ago, a tusker strayed almost seven km inside the human settlement.

We dug up 12 small ponds deep in the forest to check this menace,” said Wayanad district collector, BS Thirumeni.

Fed up with monkey menace, a 52-year-old widow had committed suicide in Thiruvananthapruam last week following which forest officials put up monkey traps in the area. Her relatives claimed she resorted to the extreme step after her frequent pleas fell on deaf ears.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Enraged elephant charges at a terrified motorcyclist then smashes into nearby house after wandering into village in desperate search for water

This is the heart-stopping moment a rampaging elephant charged at a motorcyclist before smashing into a nearby house.

Footage showed the enraged mammal wreaking a path of destruction in Kanjicude village in Kerala, India, after wandering in from the wild.

Villagers said the elephant had left the Walayar Forest in desperate search for water, taking out anything in its path.

The thirsty elephant charged at anyone in sight before bulldozing the wall of a house.

Frightened locals can be heard in the video saying: 'How did it come here?

'Don't make any noise, let it go. Keep quiet! Keep quiet!'

The video, which was shot from the home of a local resident, shows the battered motorcyclist escaping the elephant on foot deserting his bike.

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Elephant tramples woman to death

Jhargram (WB), Mar 10 (PTI) A 40-year-old woman was today trampled to death by a stray elephant in Bhowdi jungle under Lalgarh police station of West Midnapore district, forest officials said.

Nuni Sabar had gone to collect dry leaves and woods early in the morning from the jungle where a herd of elephants had been staying for some days.

She came in front a stray elephant that lifted her with its trunk and flung her to the ground before trampling her to death, the officials said.
Sabar died instantaneously.

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Unique methods to keep elephants away from human settlements

Rourkela, Mar 12 (PTI) Unique methods like use of LED lights with siren and bio-acoustics are being used by Forest department to keep elephants away from human settlements in interior areas of Odisha’s Sundergarh district.

The new techniques are put to use as the wild animals have made life miserable for the residents in several areas like Hemgiri, Sabdega and other places, Forest officials said.

The jumbos demolish houses destroy standing crops like paddy and vegetables. Farmers appear to be more worried about protecting the paddy and other farm produces.

“We are now using some new techniques and plans are afoot to introduce some other methods for which we need government s approval,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sundergarh, Arun Kumar Mishra.

Amongst the techniques being used are LED lights with sirens, scare away guns and bio-acoustics. “The LED lights and sirens are being used after the experience in Jaspur in Chhattisgarh,” said the DFO.

The high power lights along with sirens are helping in scaring away the jumbos. However, these have limited effect.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Trenches along reserve forests planned to keep elephants away

Elephant-proof trenches will be dug along reserve forests on Lower Kodaikanal Hill at an estimated cost of ₹40 lakh to prevent entry of wild elephants into farms and protect standing crops, according to Collector T.G. Vinay.

Addressing a workshop on ‘New crop diversification options in coffee-based cropping system in south India’ held here on Tuesday, he said Forest Department had sent a proposal to this effect to the government. After getting government’s approval, the work would be undertaken, and digging of trenches would be completed within two or three months.

Solar fences would be erected on rocky terrains, where digging of trenches was not possible, at an estimated cost of ₹9 lakh, he said.

With shortage of water for irrigation on the hills, adoption of modern irrigation techniques and cultivation of low water-consuming crops were necessary. Drip and micro irrigation and introduction of high-yielding crops would make farming activity on Palani Hill remunerative, he added.

Mr. Vinay said farmers should act as a ‘pressure group’ to extract funds and schemes from the departments concerned. Similarly, growers of different crops and plants could form groups to avail themselves of schemes, he added.

With the introduction of tissue-cultured banana, cultivation of ‘Hill Banana’, which was almost wiped out from Lower Palani Hill owing to ‘Bunchy top disease’ attack, was restored and the area under cultivation of the variety had increased manyfold.

All possible help to improve production and yield would be extended to growers, he said.

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55-yr-old woman trampled to death by wild elephant

A 55-year-old woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant at an Adivasi colony near Aralam plantation in the district, police said.

The victim, identified as Ammini, had come out of her house at around 12.00 midnight to attend to nature’s call and saw the pachyderm standing beside a nearby bush.

She tried to run away, but the elephant gave chase and trampled her to death, police said.
She was rushed to Pariyaram Medical College hospital where doctors declared her brought dead.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Elephant calf found dead in Odisha

Berhampur (Odisha), Mar 4 (PTI) A three-month-old elephant calf was found dead today at Ghumusara North forest division area in Ganjam district, officials said.

According to the post-mortem report, the calf died due to aspiratory pneumonia and carcass of the animal was found near a pond in Pendarapalli, Divisional Forest officer Rama Swamy said.

“We had to wait for an hour to reach the body as other elephants, including the mother, were not leaving the dead baby elephant,” he said.

“The dead calf was surrounded by around 13 elephants.

Fire crackers were burst to disperse the elephants after which we conducted the post-mortem, the officer said.

This is the second such death in a week in Ganjam district. On February 26, a 65-year-old tusker was found dead in Kariamba forest, which falls under Ghumusara South forest division.
In May last year, an elephant calf had died due to sun stroke, in Ganjam district.

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Curb elephant deaths in Assam

Three days after the Indian Railways instructed its officials to reduce train speeds to 30 km per hour when crossing elephant corridors, a train engine killed three more elephants including a calf. The incident occurred between Kampur and Jamunamukh stations near Nagaon in Assam. This is the seventh elephant death on the railway tracks of Assam. Just about two weeks ago, three elephants, including two pregnant elephants and a juvenile, were killed at Hojai in the Nagaon district of Assam.

A day later, another elephant died after being hit by a train in Goalpara district. The continuing apathy of various authorities towards this increasing death toll of elephants is hard to fathom. This alarming rise in the number of elephant deaths in the state should be a wake-up call for the Indian Railways, the Forest Department and the District Administration in the state, requiring immediate action to put an end to this continuous horror, now playing out in Assam at a regular pace. The Assam government, Northeast Frontier Railways-Indian Railways, Project Elephant, and District Administrations need to make a concerted effort to immediately stop the tragic deaths. According to the WTI publication, Right of Passage-Elephant Corridors of India, 41% of elephant corridors are in north-east India and 25% of the elephant corridors in Assam have railway lines passing through them.

As elephants search for food and water, they roam over a large extent of area through villages and towns, crossing railway lines and farms. Linear infrastructure development near and in corridors that elephants use to move from one forest area to another, force them to cross railway tracks where they end up getting hit by trains. There are 27 identified elephant corridors under the Northeast Frontier Railway. However, elephant herds are also found to be now crossing railway tracks which are not earmarked as vulnerable. In light of this, a fresh assessment needs to be done to identify new vulnerable railway sections and an early warning system needs to be put into place immediately to reduce these casualties. WWF-India has been working in Assam for the last 15 years for the conservation of elephants and its habitat.

 Based on this experience, WWF India has the following recommendations for the government that should be put in place immediately: The Railways, Forest Department, State Governments and District Administration need to take up joint efforts including patrolling to monitor elephant movement near railway tracks. There needs to be a focussed and continuous awareness programme for railway staff in wildlife areas about the ‘right of passage’ of wildlife in such areas.

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Herd of elephants break open the gates at a Coimbatore School

According to the CCTV grab, it was seen that the security guard was rushing away to inform others, when he saw the wild elephants approaching towards the school gate.

A herd of four elephants broke open the gates of a school campus in Coimbatore, on Saturday evening. This incident was caught live on camera when they were trying to escape, walking one behind the other. They were four in number, including a calf. According to the CCTV grab, it was seen that the security guard was rushing away to inform others, when he saw the wild elephants approaching towards the school gate.

Last month, an elephant broke away the railway level crossing at Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary area in Jalpaiguri dist. in the Doars of West Bengal. The railway line passes through the reserve forest area where the adult male elephant encroached the forest and broke the gate. Staying there for sometime, he returned back to the forest. Chapramari area in Gorumara has over 160 wild elephants that are often spotted in the region, reported PTI. Trains passing through that route were not disrupted.

News of man-animal conflicts have often been reported. A 30-year old man was killed by a wild elephant last month when the poor victim was taking photos of a herd of pachyderms in the forests of Balrampur dist., in Chattisgarh. The deceased was later identified as Naseem Khan.

Another man in Chattisgarh got injured in an accident when local residents of Baskepi village were driving away a herd of 11 elephants, reported PTI. However, the kin of the deceased were given relief amount of Rs 25,000 by the Forest Department. While a compensation amount of Rs 3.75 lakh was disbursed to them within a week.

In 2016, an adult wild elephant entered the Udayagiri hills near Bhubaneswar, thereby breaking the boundary wall. Prior to this incident, the elephant also broke the boundary wall of a school in the wee hours of morning. The elephant came from the Bharatpurpur Reserve Forest.

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Tuesday, March 07, 2017

Odisha elephant with scooter tyre in its leg runs away from Chandaka sanctuary

Since February 4, a dozen-odd forest officials of the sanctuary were on its heels trying to tranquilise the animal and get rid of the tyre, but had failed every time they tried.

The male tusker which was stomping around the 193 sq km Chandaka-Dompada wildlife sanctuary with a scooter tyre stuck to its front left leg since January, left the area last night for the neighbouring Athagarh forest division. Since February 4, a dozen-odd forest officials of the sanctuary were on its heels trying to tranquilise the animal and get rid of the tyre, but had failed every time they tried as the tusker went into hiding every time it saw humans.

But before the forest officials could tranquilise the tusker on March 12 taking advantage of the fullmooon night, the elephant last night crossed over to Athgarh forest division passing through Mahanadi. The Athgarh forest division is about 10-12 km away. “Our trackers today confirmed that the elephant has crossed over,” said Chandaka Dompada divisional forest officer Kedar Swain.

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36 killed by animals in Nigiris in 2 years

UDHAGAMANDALAM: Continuing reports of human deaths due to man-animal conflict in the Nilgiris have caused considerable angst for wildlife activists as well as the public in the hills. Thirty-six people were killed by wild animals in the Nilgiris in 2015-16. Forest officials attribute it to the change in land use pattern and crop cultivation close to reserve forest areas. Besides, despite being cautioned, local people mindlessly venture into forest lands.

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Sanitary worker trampled to death

Coimbatore, Mar 6 (PTI) A 55-year old sanitary worker was trampled to death by an elephant in Oomapalayam village in Mettupalayam in the district.

The worker, Bhadran, along with his wife Nanjammal was going home around 10.30 last night, when an elephant being chased by the villagers, attacked the worker and hurled him down with its trunk, police said.

Nanjammal managed to escape.

Though he was rushed to the Goevernment hospital here, Bhadran succumbed to injuries after some time, they said.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

That’s not a zebra crossing, it’s an elephant! Bored animal lifts the barriers so he can walk across train tracks

This adrenaline-junkie elephant decided life is too short to wait at level crossings.
The beast was taking a stroll just outside Chapramari Wildlife Sanctuary in India's West Bengal state when he came across some train tracks blocked by a barrier.
But instead of waiting patiently for the barrier to be raised and unable to walk around it due to a metal fence, he simply picked it up with his trunk and sneaked under.

Baffled eyewitnesses saw the elephant making his merry way.
'The elephant carefully lifted the barrier with his trunk,' said Roni Chowdhury.

'But even after crossing the barrier, the elephant dropped the barrier back in its place very cautiously.'
The jolly jumbo then walked his way across the tracks and rushed back into the forest.

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Elephant at a glance blows out 56 candles on birthday cake

Lastnewsbd, 20th February, Dhaka: After 48 years together, Lopez said that Trompita often just has to look at him and “she knows what’s going on.” She devoured her birthday cake and threw dirt on her back with her trunk to protect herself from the sun. Trompita eats an average of 400 pounds of fruits and vegetables each day, and it is expected that she could live to age 70 in captivity, although elephants in the wild have a tough time making it to 60. Since their early years, the pair have grown up, cried and laughed together, and there’s an unspoken bond between them, according to Lopez.

When the circus was forced to shut down, they offered him $300,000 for Trompita, “but I would have felt like Judas. I couldn’t sell her.” “She’s a very sweet elephant, very calm and she’s very well cared-for here,” he added, noting that they’ve shared all sorts of experiences together. “I even play soccer with her and she does it super well. She’s better than all other players in the world, even (Argentine soccer icon Lionel) Messi,” he said.

With a cake made of watermelon, papaya, bananas, carrots and corncobs, Guatemala’s elephant Trompita celebrated her 56th birthday on Sunday. The pachyderm, whose original name is Bombi, is an Asian elephant rescued by the La Aurora zoo from a circus in 2008 and subsequently adopted as a special member of the family, Efe news agency reported. Tropita’s handler and “lifelong friend,” Romeo Lopez better known in the circus world as “Tarzan Lopez” said that the elephant and he had been together since they were both 7 years old. “We grew up together and have a special connection,” he said.

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

‘Musth’ jumbo kills one in North Andaman

In a tragic incident, a member of the Ranchi community was killed by a ‘musth’ elephant in a remote hamlet in North Andaman region on Monday. The victim, Julius Lakra, was carrying out some household chores in the jungles near his home when the tusker appeared from the bushes, tossed him in the air before crushing him to death at around 2.30 pm, according to sources.

Speaking to this correspondent, the Divisional Forest Officer of Diglipur confirmed the incident. “The Forest Division here was informed about the incident and a team was rushed to the accident at 4 pm. The site is remotely located and it normally takes around 90 minutes to reach the spot in the forest reserve area from either Pan Nallah or Ganesh Nagar. We’re awaiting complete reports about the incident and necessary steps will be taken accordingly,” the DFO informed.

A lack management of elephants engaged by the Department of Environment of Forest and Forest Corporation has generated criticism for the agencies in the recent years. On the 29th of July 2014, a ‘musth’ Tusker killed a forest official, Kalidas, after going berserk in the Mohanpur region in North Andaman.  An assistant mahout was also killed in June 2014 by the elephant he tamed in the Burma Duba beat in Tugapur-5 at Mayabunder. Another forest worker named Nagen Halder, was also killed by an elephant in the Bongaon range at Bakultala in Middle Andaman in the month of August 2013.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Villagers knit jumpers for Indian elephants to protect the large mammals from near-freezing temperatures

Local women make colourful jumpers for formerly abused animals after staff at conservation centre warn of temperatures dipping close to freezing point

Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures.

Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who have previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers.

Photographs show female elephants wearing the carefully embroidered outfits, which cover their legs, back and neck, as centre staff and villagers stand among them.

Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the centre, said it was important to protect the formerly abused elephants from the cold.

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JUMBOS POSE THREAT TO HIGHWAY USERS

A drive on national or state highways connecting neighbouring states or visits to villages on the fringe of forest in the late evenings is not safe due to the increased movement of of elephants.

With waterholes in forest almost dry, elephants are moving around in forests more frequently than usual in search of water. This poses a threat to humans and also holds up motorists and heavy vehicles crossing the path, particularly at night. Elephants also camp on the roadside, in bushes and near trees.

Due to fear, movement of two-wheelers has considerably come down. Light and heavy vehicles including trucks go in a convoy hoping that this would keep the jumbos from attacking or causing damage to vehicles.

On a few occasions, the forest personnel and night patrolling staff are on rounds to chase away elephants and ensure smooth movement of traffic on Chamarajnagar-Sathyamanagalam road.

The night traffic ban on Bandipur-Udhagamandalam, Gundlupet-Sultan Battery, H D Kote-Manandawadi roads forces drivers to park trucks and other vehicles near the check posts and proceed in the morning. But, this has not addressed the threat as many villagers see elephants crossing highways while returning from their fields.

Sighting of elephants has become common on Chamarajnagar-Sathyamangalam road, Mysuru- Manandawadi, Nanjangud-Gundlupet,  Sultan Battery national highways, Yalandur-BR Hills, Hanur-MM Hills, Hanur-Nala Road,  Hunsur-Thittimati (Kodagu) road. Villagers have sighted herds of 13 to 15 elephants on highways near Suvaranavathi, Ramapura and Hanagarawadi. The jumbos have also raided banana plantations. Elephant herds are a common sight at Kareplaya on Karnataka-Tamil Nadu border and also near Punajanur.

It is a curfew like situation in many villages on the fringes of the forests as villagers stay indoors from 9 pm to 6 am fearing jumbo attacks.

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Elephant dead after touching ‘electric fusion’

Bankura (WB), Feb 9 (PTI) A full grown male elephant died when it touched an 'electric fusion' at an agricultral plot here.

Divisional Forest Officer, North, Bankura. Pinaki Mitra said the ‘electric fusions’ are illegal electrified connections in agricultural plots to keep away elephants and intruders.
The incident took place last night, he said adding the authorities would take steps against the villagers involved in laying out the ‘electric fusion’.

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017

Elephant Herd Tramples Poacher To Death In India

Last night, a gang of four poachers entered Thattekkad bird sanctuary in Kerala but they ended up getting trampled by elephants, with one dying and another in a critical condition, according to The Indian Express. The likeliest thing they were looking for was ivory.

A 26-year-old man only known as Tony was trampled to death by a herd of elephants and his friend, a 30-year-old named Basil is in critical care.

It's thought that the group were caught in a herd of elephants and couldn't escape.

Tony also reportedly accidentally set off his rifle and shot himself in the leg in the ruckus.

The two surviving gang members, Sajith and Anish, ran off with their weapons and no one even knew they were involved until they accidentally told their friends and families. Well, it is a good story, but you'll probably go to jail now.

Elephants are usually very peaceful creatures, and since the poachers entered the sanctuary at night, were probably sleeping rather than running round trampling everything in their wake, which some have suggested could mean that they did it on purpose.

According to a study done by researchers at The University of Sussex in Brighton, elephants are so smart that they can identify languages. They could tell the difference between two different tribes, one who had a history of poaching and one who didn't.

A recent study stated that elephants are killed faster than they are born, while 100 die every day from poachers alone.

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Kumki elephant loses tusk in Chadivayal camp attack

COIMBATORE: A 46-year-old Kumki elephant ‘Sujay’ was severely injured after being attacked by a giant wild elephant inside the Chadivayal elephant camp near Kovai Courtallam in the early hours of Wednesday.  

According to forest sources, the wild elephant which was nearly 10 feet tall intruded into the camp after damaging the Elephant Proof Trenches and Solar fence set up by the department and attacked Sujay before the Mahouts and Kavadis reach there to rescue the animal around 4.15 am. Sujay lost its right tusk in the fight that lasted for about 15 minutes.

C Dinesh Kumar, Forest Range Officer, Boluvampatty forest, said, “The wild elephant entered into the camp and attacked Sujay. All our efforts to stop the animal went in vain. Sujay lost its right tusk but sustained no other injury. Due to the injury, Sujay lost large amount of blood. Veterinarian N S Manokaran, who is providing treatment to injured elephant, says it will take 15 more days for the animal to recover from its injury.  

“Usually, we do not tie Kumki elephants during night time, they are kept only by chaining on their legs for easy movement. We have also placed solar light under which the elephants usually take rest.
“Our mahouts who sleep near the animal noticed the wild animal entering into the camp after Sujay produced trumpeting sound. We chased away the animal using crackers and camp fire. Another Kumki elephant, Paari, was standing at 100 meter distance from Sujay, but was unhurt,” he added. As of now Sujay is consuming green grass, banana stem, maize, fruits and discharging dung well.

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ZAPPED TO DEATH Heartbreaking scenes as elephant and calf are electrocuted after touching fence illegally wired to mains instead of battery

AN endangered elephant and a calf were electrocuted when they touched a farm’s electric fence which is believed to have been illegally wired to the mains instead of a battery.

The 30-year-old female and a six-year-old calf died at a farm on the outskirts of the city of Mettupalayam in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu.

District Forest Officer of Coimbatore Forest S. Ramasubramaniam said: “The grove owner claimed that he had used battery operated power setup on his grove to protect his crop.

“The animals could not die if the farmer used battery. In this regard, we have asked The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) officials to inspect the spot.”

A farmer named Palanisamy is responsible for the area at Dasampalayam village near Mettupalyam, he added.

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Two ailing elephant calves die


Two wild elephant calves that were ailing succumbed to injuries in forest ranges of Periyanaickenpalayam and Mettupalayam in Coimbatore on Wednesday.

In the first incident, a male calf, aged around one-and-a-half-years-old, that was injured while trespassing into a farm at Mettupalayam in the early hours of Tuesday died on Wednesday morning.

Belonging to a four-member herd that trespassed into the private farm at Dasan Palayam village near Mettupalayam, the calf was wounded in its trunk while crossing the iron fence which was also connected to power.

While a female elephant aged around 30 and a juvenile male elephant aged between 6 and 7 were electrocuted, the fourth elephant managed to escape.

District Forest Officer S. Ramasubramanianan said that the elephant died around 12.45 p.m. despite all possible treatment given.

In the second incident, a female elephant which was found with an ulcer in its mouth at Seeliyur, near Periyanaickenpalayam Range, on Tuesday died around 6 a.m on Wednesday.

Forest officials said that the elephant had not taken food and water for several days due to the ulcer in its mouth. The autopsy also revealed that the elephant had a severe injury in its right leg.

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Elephant rescued from marsh after three days

Mysuru: An elephant was rescued from a swampy lake in Hunsur in Karnataka today three days after it got stuck there.

Forest officials and locals tried to pull the female elephant with the help of another tamed elephant.

A herd of six elephants slipped out of Nagarhole forest on the night on January 15 and headed towards Hanagodu and Kachuvinhallai tank. Of the six elephants, four returned to the forest while one female elephant got stuck in swamp while another entered a banana plantation. Villagers, who saw the elephant battling for life, alerted local forest personnel who rushed to spot.

The Forest staff brought in a tamed elephant Ganesh from a nearby elephant camp for the rescue operation. The officials also sought the co-operation of villagers to let water from their irrigation pumpsets into the slushy area to loosen the soil so that the elephant could be rescued. The female elephant finally freed itself from the slush and headed into the forest around 2.30 pm in the afternoon.

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Elephant to be brought to Bandhavgarh National Park from Bengaluru

A pachyderm will be translocated from Bengaluru to Bandhavgarh National Park.

"There are 12 tuskers in the Park in Bandhavgarh, out of it five are minors. The adult elephants are engaged for patrolling and rescue operations," Field Director Mridul Pathak said.

He said a team from the Parked arrived Bengaluru to select the elephant. He said the tusker was being brought when the park management was annoyed over the less number of elephants.

Mr Pathak said the management demanded that the government provide ten elephants for the Park. However, planning was being chalked out to bring the tusker from Bengaluru, he added.

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Plantation owner killed in elephant attack

A coffee plantation owner was killed in an elephant attack at Balangala in Virajpet taluk of Kodagu district on Sunday. The victim, Ravi Kalaiah, was on his morning walk at around 6.30 a.m. when an elephant suddenly emerged on the roadside and attacked him.

Senior forest officials said Mr. Kalaiah died on the spot. As the news spread, there was tension in the village and people launched a flash protest against the rising man-animal conflict situations in the district.

Conservator of Forests Manoj Kumar, who was supervising the operations to capture a tiger (which was subsequently found dead) in the Thithimathi territorial range of Kodagu district, rushed to the spot to deal with the situation.

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'Wild jumbos in the south less problematic'

KOZHIKODE: Are the wild elephants located in the forests south of Palakkad Gap less problematic when compared to their northern counterparts when it comes to human-animal conflict?

An expert committee constituted by the state forest department to look into the possibility of releasing a rogue elephant captured recently in Wayanad back into the wild says so. The panel is of the view that the less conflicting behaviour in the elephant population in the south could be linked to their genetic distinctiveness.

Taking the genetic differentiation into consideration, the committee has said in its report that "mix of the conflict animal with the less 'conflicting' south population is not admissible".

The report says that "the distinct genetic population of wild elephants exists to the South of Palakkad Gap and mixing a conflict animal could result in disastrous consequences ".

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Elephant Rampage at temple Latest Kerala

As the three-month-long temple festival season in Kerala draws to a close, it has witnessed a spike in incidents of elephants running amok. Since festivities began in mid-January, there have already been more than 100 instances of captive elephants being paraded going on the rampage, causing four casualties and injuring around 30 people.

The toll has been rising since 2000, with 49 casualties in 2012 and more than 350 people killed in the past decade.An elephant at a temple festival parade in Trichur. Thechikkottukavu Ramachandran, Asia’s second tallest captive elephant at 10.5 ft and the most prized at festivals, trampled three women to death at a temple in Perumbavoor in Ernakulam on January 27.

It had earlier been banned from festivals by the Kerala High Court for its aggressive behaviour and partial blindness. The only Indian captive elephant with its own Wikipedia page, Ramachandran-brought to the state from Bihar-has killed seven people and two elephants.
Another tusker that killed a girl on February 7 in Alappuzha was found to have been in musth (heat)-which is when a male becomes aggressive and is recommended a long rest.

“A lobby of brokers, elephant owners, temple committee members, revenue officers and vets is behind this exploitation,” says V.K. Venkitachalam, secretary of the Thrissur-based Heritage Animal Taskforce (HAT).

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elephant calf refuses to leave mother who died trying to save him

It is a sight that highlights the increasing man-animal conflict in india. an elephant calf in assam mourned the death of his mother and refused to leave her side. on wednesday morning, the calf had run out of an elephant herd towards a construction site for the rs. 1,300-crore patanjali mega herbal and food park in assam's sonitpur district and was followed by his mother and another elephant calf.

The mother elephant, who suffered injuries after faling in the pit, died 19 hours later on thursday. while one calf was able to come out of the pit, the other stayed with the mother's body, and had to be rescued by locals.The assam forest department has filed a police complaint against the builder of patanjali mega herbal and food park for negligense in providing safety to wild elephants and digging pits at the construction site.

 There were more than 14 open pits and some of them were filed up with ground after forest minister pramila rani brahma visited the site after the death of the elephant, jasim ahmed, additional conservator of forest, west sonitpur forest division, said. the forest minister instructed the builder to keep half of the over-200-acre land free from construction through which the elephants could move.

The foundation stone of the patanjali mega herbal and food park was laid on november 6 by assam chief minister sarbananda sonowal in the presense of patanjali founder and yoga guru ramdev, union minister of state for heavy industries babul supriyo and state industries minister chandramohan patowary among others.

Dilip nath, member of aranya surakha samittee, sonitpur, told press trust of india that the place was known to be an elephant zone often frequented by them from the nearby forest. Meanwhile, state congress spokesman apurba bhattacharya claimed that as the area was an elephant corridor and used by the animals for giving birth to their calves and that the previous congress administration in the state had not allowed the government land to be given to anyone.

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

33-year-old man dead by elephant attack in West Bengal

A 33-year-old man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.”The incident happened at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday at Golokdrima village in West Midnapore district,” Midnapore Divisional Forest Officer R.N. Saha told IANS. old man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.

“The incident happened at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday at Golokdrima village in West Midnapore district,” Midnapore Divisional Forest Officer R.N. Saha told IANS. man died in an elephant attack in West Bengal on Saturday, a forest department official said.

“The incident happened at around 6.30 a.m. on Saturday at Golokdrima village in West Midnapore district,” Midnapore Divisional Forest Officer R.N. Saha told IANS.

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9-yr-old girl injured in elephant attack

A nine-year old girl was attacked by an elephant at Iruttupallam on the outskirts today, but suffered only minor injuries, police said.

Devika, a fourth standard student, had gone to answer nature's call early today when the pachyderm appeared from the nearby forest and attacked her.

As she was trying to escape, the elephant hit her with its trunk and she fell to the ground.

However, she managed to get up and run to safety from the elephant, which ran back to jungles, after the villagers raised an alarm.

The girl has been admitted to the government hospital here, police said.

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Villagers knit jumpers for elephants

Mathura : Elephants in India are sporting colourful woollen jumpers after villagers knitted the super-size garments to protect the animals from near-freezing temperatures.

Women in a village near the Wildlife SOS Elephant Conservation and Care Centre in the northern city of Mathura reportedly began producing the colourful, pyjama-like garments after staff at the centre warned temperatures were approaching sub-zero at night.

The conservation centre takes in rescued elephants who have previously suffered chronic neglect and beatings from cruel handlers.

Kartick Satyanarayan, founder of the centre, said it was important to protect the formerly abused elephants from the cold.

“It is important to keep our elephants protected from the bitter cold during this extreme winter, as they are weak and vulnerable having suffered so much abuse making them susceptible to ailments such as pneumonia," she told the Times of India.

"The cold also aggravates their arthritis which is a common issue that our rescued elephants have to deal with.”

The centre currently houses 20 elephants that have been rescued from illegal captivity, trafficking mafia, exploited for street begging and circuses where they were abused and subjected to extreme cruelty.

Staff have plans to rescue a further 50 elephants in 2017, with hopes to secure more land to expand the sanctuary.

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Hubballi: Wild elephants creating panic driven back to forest

HUBBALLI: Residents of Hullikeri, Kadabagatti and surrounding villages in Dharwad heaved a sigh of relief on Wednesday when forest department personnel managed to drive elephants, which had created panic in the area, back to the forest.

Villagers were worried about their paddy and mango cultivations as they had spotted six elephants moving in their fields two days ago. "When I went to work in my field, I noticed four elephants standing in the middle of the mango grove. They might have strayed into our village from the Khanapur forest area," said Gururaj, a villager.

A team of forest department officials spent Tuesday night in the village to protect people from being attacked by the wild animals. They beat drums and burst crackers to drive the elephants back to the Nagaralli forest area.

MD Lamani,, deputy range officer, Benasi range, Dharwad, said they will compensate farmers if there is any crop loss after getting a report from the local authority.

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Elephant destroys 3 houses in Meghalaya

An elephant caused havoc in Bekbekgre village in North Garo Hills district destroying three houses, officials said today. The elephant broke off from the herd and destroyed three houses of Bekbekgre that falls within an elephant corridor, last evening. The animal left the village only after policemen from Bajengdoba police station arrived and assisted the villagers in chasing it away, officials said. The villagers have been spending sleepless nights since the past three weeks after a herd of over 40 elephants have been roaming around the village.

"Elephants had destroyed one house two weeks ago. At that time we managed to chase them away," said Bappun A Sangma, a villager. "None of us have been able to sleep since the past few weeks as the elephants keep coming back," added Sangma. The BDO of the Resubelpara block, Leena D Sangma, said that a damage assessment report would be made sent to the forest department.

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Kerala: Elephants Dying Due To Brutality, Starvation & Lack Of Medical Attention, Govt. Remains Silent

Elephants in India are revered as embodiments of Lord Ganesha, who according to Hindu belief, is the remover of obstacles, patron of arts, sciences and lord of intellect and wisdom. But how much wisdom are we showing while taking care of these gentle giants? Apparently, the scenario of the captivated elephants in the country is precarious, and a majority of them are dying a slow death because of the unimaginable torture they are put through.

At least 26 elephants died in 2016 in the southern state of Kerala due to torture and negligence by their custodians. According to the reports of Heritage Animal Task Force, a voluntary body focusing on animal welfare, 20 of them were owned by individuals, three were under the control of state forest department and three were in Guruvayur temple.

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