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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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Tusker found dead, villagers seek protection

BENGALURU: A 15-year-old tusker was found dead in Srigiripura near Nelamangala forest range on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Mahesh Kumar, deputy conservator of forests, Bengaluru Rural, said it appears to be an electrocution case; the exact cause will be known after the postmortem results. "We got the news from villagers at 7am. We completed the postmortem in the evening and are waiting for the results," he told TOI.

Following the incident, villagers staged a dharna against forest officials and demanded protection from wild animals. They accused officials of not doing enough to tackle the human-animal conflict.

This is the third elephant death on the city's outskirts in the last 15 days. On Thursday, a jumbo was electrocuted at Madegowdana Doddi, Kanakapura. The 50 year old had wandered out of the forest in search of food and got trapped in an electric fence. Over a week ago, wild elephant Sidda succumbed to leg injuries at Manchanabele dam in Magadi after a long struggle.

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Elephant deaths: Sonowal asks Forest, NFR to improve coordination

Expressing concern over increasing elephant deaths on railway tracks in Assam, Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Sunday directed the state Forest Department and Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) to improve coordination to avoid similar incidents.

Meeting Forest and NFR officials, he advocated a strategy to tackle rising number of such incidents, and favoured joint monitoring of railway tracks on daily basis. He also instructed the Forest Department to adopt an aggressive approach.

The Chief Minister's directive came after three elephants, including a pregnant female and a calf, were killed by a speeding railway engine at Potiapam near Kampur on Saturday night. This was the third such incident that have taken place in the state this month after at Nagaon and Goalpara districts which had left a total of five jumbos dead.

The Chief Minister also ordered immediate setting up local level Monitoring Committee involving people living in adjoining areas of the tracks in all the 29 elephant corridors with a view to share real time information with the Railway Control Rooms, where Forest Department officials would also be deputed.

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Assam: Train mows down three elephants, toll reaches seven this month

Villagers move a foetus that was removed from the womb of an elephant that was among the three tuskers killed in Nagaon district of Assam. AP

Three wild elephants including a calf were killed after they were hit by a speeding railway engine at Nagaon district in central Assam in the wee hours of Saturday, with the total number of elephant deaths on railway tracks rising to seven in the current month. The three elephants were hit by an up light engine that had left Kampur railway station at around 4:50 AM on Saturday. The incident occurred between Kampur and Jamunamukh railway stations, about 125 km east of Guwahati on the Guwahati-Tinsukia main line.

It was only on December 5 that three elephants – two pregnant females – were killed when the 15905 Up Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express had knocked them down near Jugijan, in Hojai district, about 15 km west of Saturday’s incident. On December 6, another elephant was killed after being hit by a goods train between Rangjuli and Amjonga stations, about 90 kms west of Guwahati. With two killed near Khatkhati railway station in Karbi Anglong district on September 27, the total number of elephants killed on railway tracks in Assam in 2016 so far stands at nine.

A forest official said the three elephants were members of a herd of 40 to 50 elephants which had come down from the Kandali hills under Daboka reserved forest in search of food. The three were hit when the herd was crossing the railway track on their way back to the forest before sunrise, he said.

Meanwhile, Northeast Frontier Railway CPRO Pranav Jyoti Sharma said the mishap occurred despite imposition of speed restrictions at various elephant-crossing spots as advised by the forest department.
“The spot (where the mishap occurred) is not within the vulnerable area as marked by the forest department. It is about 13 km from the area where caution had been advised by the forest department,” Sharma said.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Female elephant, calf electrocuted in Chhattisgarh

A female elephant and her calf got electrocuted on Tuesday as they came in touch with a live electric wire allegedly laid by a local at a farm in Chhattisgarh’s Surajpur district, forest officials said. “The incident took place in the wee hours at a sugarcane field in Bagda village under Pratappur forest range,” Division Forest Officer (Surajpur division) Naved Shujauddin told PTI.

As per preliminary information, the adult pachyderm and her female calf came in contact with the live wire laid around the sugarcane field allegedly by the farm owner to protect his crop from the wild animals, he said. Soon after being informed about the incident, forest and police officials rushed to the spot and shifted the carcasses for postmortem, the DFO said.

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

West Bengal: Now toilets to help reduce human-elephant conflict

West Bengal has evolved a rather unique solution to growing human-elephant conflicts (HECs) — constructing toilets so that villagers don’t have to defecate in the open and face the wrath of the jumbos. This has now become a thrust area for Forest Department officials to tackle HECs, particularly in the southern part of the state, which is a hub for such aggression.

Although Bengal harbours only two percent of India’s wild elephant population (around 30,000 jumbos in the country), they are believed to be responsible for over 20 percent of the total human deaths. Open defecation is one of the concerns flagged by officials in West Midnapore district, where accidental deaths do occur when villagers, who come to relieve themselves in the wee hours, find themselves face to face with pachyderms in the forests bordering their hamlets.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Elephants tortured in Kerala, elsewhere

The Centre for Eco-Cultural Studies (CES) had invited that internationally known lady, Sangita Iyer, who has produced an award winning documentary “Gods in Shackles” to visit our country with a laudable motive in mind, to create an awareness and to spare a thought, for the elephants particularly those taken in our ‘Peraheras’; (they stand for hours and walk for miles to entertain and please us!); elephants are also being used for heavy work such as log clearing. Do we spare a thought for them and the suffering they are undergoing? Hardly ever.

They were born to roam in their habitats not to stand chained for hours, as in India, nor walk for miles (also with legs chained) as in Lanka at our Peraheras. Sangita Iyer made a presentation/delivered a lecture at the National Film Corporation Theatre, woke us up for we have only watched elephants parading but almost never giver thought to how the animal was faring -- she has woken us up.

This epic documentary, God in Shakles, which has won eight internationally recognized awagranrds, is a very emotional story which moves people, it reveals the dark side of the southern Indian State of Kerala’s glamorous cultural festivals, where temple elephants are exploited for profit under the guise of culture and religion. I do hope our TV channels will show our public at least excerpts from the documentary to awaken our people to this cruelty.  

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Saturday, January 07, 2017

Elephant gets grand farewell

KURNOOL: Gajalakshmi, 45, an elephant which has been serving Sri Raghavendra Swamy Mutt at Mantralayam for 36 years, was accorded a grand farewell on Sunday following retirement.

Peetadhipathi of the Mutt Subhudendra Theertha Swamy placed a large shawl on the pachyderm’s back, garlanded it and gave harathi to it besides offering fruits.

Later, Gajalakshmi was taken in a procession through the main streets of Mantralayam amidst drumbeats. Devotees vied with one another to seek Gajalakshmi’s blessings and take pictures with it. The elephant gently placed its trunk on the heads of devotees and blessed them.

The elephant was then led to a special truck and taken to Sri Venkateswara zoo park at Tirupati.

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A village where men, elephants coexist peacefully

UDALGURI, Dec 4 - Even as the man-elephant conflict rages across the State, a village near the Bhutiachang tea estate in Udalguri district has shown that it is not quite impossible to maintain a ‘peaceful coexistence’ with elephants.

The No. 4 Bhutiachang village which has been frequented by elephant herds for decades with the debilitating consequences of human fatalities and crop loss, has evolved an innovative approach that is visibly easing the tension between man and animal for the past couple of years.

“Earlier we used to be aggressive towards the herds that destroyed our paddy and even killed people. Now, with the realisation that undue aggression on our part often enraged the elephants that developed a hatred for humans, we have ceased our hostility to the elephants. We have secured our paddy fields with solar fencing and at the same time never tried to hinder the elephants’ movement in our village,” Bimal Bodo, the local village defence party president with some training on handling elephant depredation, said.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Bangladesh-India agreement on ‘elephant corridor’ soon

A border fence erected by India has been blocking the elephants' natural routes, triggering deadly confrontations as the animals often veer into human settlements.

Bangladesh and India are in the final stages of an agreement to allow wild elephants free passage through their shared border, in a move aimed at reducing fatal confrontations between the animals and humans.

Seven cross-border routes used by elephants have been identified in the Indian states of Assam, Tripura and Mizoram.

Bangladesh Forestry Department’s Deputy Conservator MD Shahab Uddin said keeping these natural corridors open will lessen confrontation.

“Elephants will not harm anyone if they are left alone.”

According to the Forestry Department, at least 226 people and 62 elephants have been killed in such conflicts in the country in the last 13 years.

As recently as October 14, three people were killed in an attack by wild elephants in Jhenaigati border area in Sherpur district of Bangladesh.

Shahab said the Home Ministry had now given the go ahead to sit with Indian officials and thrash out the issue.

“We are waiting for the Foreign Ministry’s clearance, which we expect soon,” he told the Dhaka Tribune. “Then, we will have the final meeting on how the agreement will be signed.”

On January 26, the New Indian Express reported that the Indian home ministry had agreed to sign an agreement with Bangladesh to open the borders to form a cross-border natural elephant corridor, after receiving the approval of the forestry department.

In Bangladesh, the forestry ministry then contacted the Home Ministry for collaboration with the law enforcement agencies, especially the Border Guard Bangladesh, regarding the corridor.

Human encroachment and habitat loss have pushed down the wild elephant population in Asia in the last two centuries.

Elephants are critically endangered in Bangladesh, where only an estimated 200 remain – down from more than 500 in the middle of the last century.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Baby jumbo among three killed by speeding train in Assam

Nagaon (Assam) [India], Dec. 5 (ANI): Three elephants - aged about 15, 13 and 3 years - were found dead by a railway patrolling team on Monday morning after they were hit by the 15905 Up Kanyakumari-Dibrugarh Vivek Express near Jugijan railway station in Nagaon District late last night.

The incident happened when the herd of elephants was crossing the railway track from Kunduli Mari village to Santipur village at a location about 137 km from Guwahati railway station.

The incident took place around 11.50 p.m., when a herd of wild elephants was crossing the railway track from Kunduli Mari village to Santipur village at a location about 137 km from Guwahati railway station and the trio came on the railway tracks and dashed against the train engine, said Pranav Jyoti Sharma, Chief Public Relations Officer (CPRO), Northeast Frontier Railway (N.F.Railway), in a statement issued here.

The N.F. Railway has alerted the State Forest Department about the incident, however, neither the train was stalled nor were there injury to any passenger in the incident, he said.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Heartbroken elephant calf in India refuses to leave mother’s body

A baby elephant in India’s northeastern Assam state on Friday mourned the death of his mother and refused to leave her body.

According to local media reports, the mother elephant lost her life after it fell into a pit at the site of Patanjali Mega Herbal and Food Park at Ghoramari region of Sonitpur district, in the northeast of India near Bangladesh.

Assam Forest officer Pramila Rani Brahmin said the department will lodge a case against the contractor for not taking necessary precautions at the construction site.

She further said a probe will be initiated against the people, who ordered the digging of the deep pit.

Several hours after its death, forest officials took out the elephant’s body from the pit with the help of a crane.

Later, they removed her tusk and buried her remains.

Increasing human population has depleted the habitat of wild animals, forcing them to stray into human settlements, attacking people and often being killed in return.


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Elephant terror forces residents to flee homes, take shelter on trees

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India], Dec. 1 (ANI): Afraid of an attack by a herd of elephants, residents of Loharatola village, nearly 40 km from Jharkhand capital Ranchi, have taken shelter in trees.

A herd of wild elephants has spread panic among village residents, damaging their homes and food items and forcing them to flee.
Natwar Lohar, a local villager, said they were forced to live on trees as the elephants had damaged their homes and food items.

"We sleep on the tree to protect ourselves from the elephants. We take children also along with us and all the women sleep together at one place. It is very difficult to manage in the afternoon and night. We stand guard together in the night," said Lohar.

He added that there has been no help from the government or forest officials so far, and they had to fend for themselves.

According to local media reports, the highway too remains almost deserted owing to the fear of wandering elephants.

More than 1,000 people have been killed by elephants in Jharkhand since the state was carved out of Bihar in November 2000.

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Sunday, November 13, 2016

Elephant Sidda stands again

AGRA: A joint rescue operation by the Indian Army, Wildlife SOS and the Karnataka forest department resulted in successful moving the downed elephant 'Sidda' into a specially designed structure where the Wildlife SOS veterinarians can provide long term treatment to the ailing elephant.

Two weeks ago, when Sidda had painfully extracted himself from the water and then collapsed, saving this 35-year old wild elephant with a fractured foreleg seemed well-nigh impossible. At 3 am Thursday, the Sappers from the MEG of the Indian Army and the field teams from wildlife conservation NGO Wildlife SOS and the forest department could finally stand back with immense pride as Sidda was gently eased into the giant improvised structure created by the army in record time on the request of Wildlife SOS. The severely injured elephant, who had been down on his side for a fortnight, was finally standing again.

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Friday, November 11, 2016

Four animals forced to perform dangerous acts rescued from circus

HYDERABAD: A circus management was prevailed upon to hand over four animals to the Animal Welfare Board of India (AWBI) as they were being forced to perform acts in unsafe conditions.
When the New Sam Circus was recently camped in Yadiki, Anantapur, Animal Welfare Board of India's (AWBI) authorised inspectors from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India and Animal Rahat, an animal-protection organisation inspected the circus. Following directions from the Anantapur collector, the four animals were handed over to the AWBI by the circus management for rehabilitation.

The Federation of Indian Animal Protection Organisations (FIAPO) and People for Animals (PFA) also helped establish the circus offenses and facilitated the rescue effort. Two goats and two dogs from the circus have been moved to a sanctuary run by the India Project for Animals and Nature in Ooty, Tamil Nadu.

New Sam Circus also signed an affidavit promising never to use animals again, according to Peta India. The investigations by Peta India and Animal Rahat revealed that the animals were being forced to perform without the required permission from the AWBI, in violation of the Performing Animals (Registration) Rules, 2001. This prompted the AWBI to write to the Anantapur district collector requesting action.

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Thursday, November 10, 2016

Wild elephant tramples 9-yr-old to death

In a tragic incident, a nine-year-old child was trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants, at Titabor in Upper Assam. The incident took place at Rangajan Tea Estate at Titatbor in Jorhat District. The deceased child has been identified as Guttu Nayak.

A herd of 40-50 wild tuskers is believed to have sneaked out of the Gibbon Wildlife Sanctuary wreaking havoc in the tea estate, thus triggering panic among the locals.The marauding herd also destroyed their thatched huts and property.

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Wild elephant kills 2 in Kishanganj

Kishanganj (Bihar), Oct 31 (PTI) A wild elephant trampled two persons to death in Piprithan area under Thakurganj block, forest officials said today.

The elephant, that entered the district on Saturday from jungles of Nepal, trampled Baleshwar Singh near Balkaduba village under Pauakhali police station area and crushed a woman Sayeeda Khatoon (35) at nearby Balkaduba village yesterday, DFO, Kishanganj, Dinesh Kumar Das said.

Thakurganj Circle Officer Mohammad Ismail said Rs 5 lakh each would be paid as ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased.

Wild animals, including elephants, often cross over to the bordering areas such as Kadogaon, Suribhitta, Bihartola, Dhantola, Karuvamni and others of the district from the jungles of Nepal, the DFO said.

A youth had been trampled to death by an elephant in March in Bihartoal village of Dhantola panchayat.

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Sri Lanka Cracks Down on Owners of Elephants Taken From Wild

AGRA: Wildlife SOS veterinarians have been working round the clock to provide treatment to the injured tusker 'Sidda' with the guidance of the Karnataka forest department and chief wildlife warden. The elephant being continuously recumbent and unable to stand made the situation very grim.

Just as things were looking bleak, the former Army chief heard about Sidda elephant's condition and things started to move. Shiv Kunal Verma, a supporter of Wildlife SOS reached out to Gen V K Singh - former army chief and Cabinet minister (ministry of external affairs) to request the Indian Army's help for Sidda Elephant and assist in the efforts being put in to save the elephant by Wildlife SOS and the forest department. He immediately spoke with the Southern command officer - Lt Gen Harriz and his chief of staff Lt Gen Ray Noronha. Madras Sappers Division (MEG Bangalore) commanded by Brig R K Sachdeva who moved their officers overnight to assess the situation with Arun A Sha of Wildlife SOS.

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Rescued elephant dead

A wild tusker that was found in a critical stage in a river inside the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary died on Tuesday.

The forest officials found the animal in the Bavali river near under the Tholpetty forest range of the sanctuary after a fall from a steep ridge near the river on Monday morning.

Though a team of forest officials and veterinary experts led by warden P. Dhaneshkumar shifted the animal from the river to a safe place with an earth mover on Monday night and administered medicines, it succumbed to injuries. Forest veterinary surgeon Jiji mon did the autopsy.

The injuries on its head and limbs, sustained in the fall, caused the death, Mr. Dhaneshkumar said.

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Jumbo brought to garland minister rescued

CHENNAI: Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals officials on Saturday seized an elephant from Kamaraj hall in Teynampet on charges of the animal being starved. Suma, 56, was ostensibly brought to garland Union human resource development minister Prakash Javdekar but was rescued before his arrival.

She was later taken to the SPCA premises in Vepery. SPCA secretary T Thyagarajan told TOI the reason mentioned in the transit permit issued by the wildlife authorities was that the cow elephant was brought for a Ganesh puja. But she was forced to remain in the hall without food or water for a long time.

The animal was also made to bless people coming to the hall for a fee that the mahout collected, Thyagarajan said, adding that this was a violation of the rules. The mahout also did not have the mandated performing animal certificate from the Animal Welfare Board of India and Suma did not have the microchip embedded by wildlife authorities in all elephants in captivity in the state, Thyagarajan said.

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Forest Department denies negligence in handling elephant

In a reply to a petition from the People For Cattle in India (PFCI), the Tamil Nadu Forest Department has stated that there was no negligence on its part in handling Madukkarai Maharaja, which died in June.

In a petition to the Chief Minister, the PFCI, urging the government to look into the matter, said that the death took place under mysterious circumstances.

“We had further asked for better measures to safeguard elephants as in the case of a man-animal conflict,” said Arun Prasanna, PFCI founder.

Early in June, the department had decided to capture and relocate the male elephant, which had been raiding crops and reportedly killed a forest guard.

In a statement, the District Forest Officer of the Coimbatore Division said a kumki elephant, Kaleem, along with forest officials had been deputed to offer assistance to catch the elephant.

On June 19, it was tranquillised transported by truck to the Varagaliyar Elephant camp at the Annamalai Tiger Reserve.

While the PFCI sent its petition to the Chief Minister and the Forest Department in June after the death of the elephant, the Forest Department in October denied the allegation of negligence and cruelty. It claimed that that the elephant was looked after well after it was captured.

The animal had suffered multiple fractures on the forehead when it tried to free itself from a kraal by banging the wooden enclosure repeatedly.

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HATF alleges torture of captive elephants

The Heritage Animal Task Force (HATF) has alleged criminal negligence on the part of the Departments of Forest and Police in enforcing rules to check unlawful use of captive elephants at Thuravur in Alappuzha district and at Mallappally in Pathanamthitta district on October 29 and 30.

In a memorandum to the Animal Welfare Board of India Secretary on Monday, HATF secretary V.K. Venkitachalam has alleged that the temple administration at Thuravur had illegally paraded 11 captive elephants at the Deepavali festival on October 29.

At Mallappally, a captive elephant, Vishnu, ran amok while it was used for shifting logs in a private property, he said. He said these 12 elephants were being kept by persons who did not have ownership certificate for these pachyderms.

He alleged that the elephant, Vishnu, was not given water, food or rest before engaging it for transporting logs. Unable to bear with the mahouts’ torture, the elephant turned violent, attacked and seriously injured its second mahout. The elephant, with bruises and wounds all over its body, was later tethered after a hectic task.

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Wednesday, November 09, 2016

2 elephants fall in well, around 120 pachyderms surround area

Two elephants fell into a well at Lalka hamlet in West Midnapore district tonight, following which a herd of around 120 pachyderms cordoned off the area.

The two elephants fell in the well around 8 PM. Following this, a herd of elephants, of which the two were part of, cordoned off the area, Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Rabindranath Saha said.

Forest personnel kept watch on the herd’s movement and handed over flaming torches to villagers.
However, with the presence of the herd and one of those elephants giving birth, the two trapped pachyderms couldn’t be rescued from the well, the officer said.

Meanwhile, panic spread in the area, and many villagers left their homes, local panchayat leaders said.

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Elephant herd damages crops

An elephant herd destroyed tomato and plantain crops in farmlands in Thirumalayampalayam on the outskirts of the city today, police said.

The herd of 12 elephants destroyed tomatoes on one acre, as also banana plantations and a large number of coconut trees of farmers.


After much efforts forest department officials managed to drive away the elephants, police said,adding the exact quantum of loss to the crop was being ascertained.

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Poisoned by villagers, wild elephant found dead in Tripura

A wild elephant was found dead lying on an uncultivated land in Gudai village near Kalyanpur Police Station recently.

Symptoms show that the animal might have died due to poisoning by pesticide given by the villagers.

Ratan Debbarma, a local villager, told ANI: "We noticed a herd of around 12 to 14 wild elephants including a calf in the eastern Gudai village area. We tried to scare them away but failed. This morning we came to know that an elephant was lying dead there. We don't know how it died."

The forest officials along with veterinary surgeon are conducting an autopsy to find out the actual cause of death.

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Rescued elephant calf dies

An ailing elephant calf found in Sirumugai Forest Range in Coimbatore division on October 14 and brought to the Theppakadu Elephant Camp for treatment died of diarrhoea on Sunday morning.

The elephant was found to be extremely “weak and emaciated.” Once it was brought to Theppakadu, the less than one-month-old animal showed signs of improvement, but its condition turned worse on Saturday when it developed diarrhoea.

“We gave the animal all supplements and treated it. But, it died on Sunday morning,” E. Vijayaraghavan, forest veterinarian, said. According to him, the little one was abandoned by its herd.

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Wild elephant goes berserk, tramples woman

BILASPUR: The menace of wild elephants continues in north Chhattisgarh, as a woman was trampled to death and a man was injured in Sitapur forest range of Surguja, on Saturday.

According to information, two herds of wild elephants, each about 12 strong, have entered Sitapur forest range from Jashpur a few days ago. They are moving about in Sarga, Petla, Budhama, Partopara, Chuhigiri, Kunmera, Borajharia, Ghasideeh, Shivnathpur and Katmuda villages of Surguja and Jashpur.

A wild elephant strayed from one of the herds and entered the forests of Kasaipanipara village in Gersa panchayat. According to information, Somari (60), a 'Pahadi Korwa' along with her husband Etwa (65) were in their fields protecting their crop.

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Wild elephant kills 2 in Bihar, India

A wild elephant trampled two persons to death in Piprithan area under Thakurganj block, forest officials said today.

The elephant, that entered the district on Saturday from jungles of Nepal, trampled Baleshwar Singh near Balkaduba village under Pauakhali police station area and crushed a woman Sayeeda Khatoon (35) at nearby Balkaduba village yesterday, DFO, Kishanganj, Dinesh Kumar Das said.

Thakurganj Circle Officer Mohammad Ismail said Rs 5 lakh each would be paid as ex-gratia to the next of the kin of the deceased.

Wild animals, including elephants, often cross over to the bordering areas such as Kadogaon, Suribhitta, Bihartola, Dhantola, Karuvamni and others of the district from the jungles of Nepal, the DFO said.

A youth had been trampled to death by an elephant in March in Bihartoal village of Dhantola panchayat.

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Elephant Calf Found Dead

An elephant calf, believed to be less than a month old, was found dead near Mavanalla watchtower along the Ooty to Masinagudi Road in Singara Range of the Nilgiris on Tuesday.

The forest department officials found the carcass of the animal less than a 100 meters away from the road on Tuesday morning.

E Vijayaraghavan, forest veterinarian, performed an autopsy on the animal and said that it could have died on Moday. He confirmed that it had not been knocked down by a vehicle as it was found a considerable distance away from the road. The autopsy revealed that it had been dehydrated when it died, and also had been suffering from diarrhoea.

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

Elephant kills farmer

A farmer was crushed to death by an elephant, while he was on his way home in Bommankoppa village under Nagargali Forest Range of Khanapur taluk recently. The victim has been identified as Vasudev Mirasi (52).

Forest Department officials said that the deceased and two other farmers were part of the team of forest personnel engaged in chasing away a herd of elephants that had started raiding standing paddy fields due for harvest. The herd, consisting of six elephants and a calf, entered the Nagargali range.


After the day-long exercise to trace and chase the herd away, Vasudev and two others took a short-cut through the forest and came across the herd. One of elephants lifted Vasudev with its trunk and crushed him to death. The Deputy Conservator of Forests would soon release Rs. 2 lakh as compensation to the family.

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Elephant electrocuted at farm in Erode district

A male elephant aged about 25 years was found electrocuted at a farm in Melkadambur near Kadambur in T.N. Palayam Range on Thursday.

The elephant had come into contact with an electric fence put up around the tapioca farm by the farmer, Thangavelu.

He was arrested by the Forest Department. He confessed to having drawn power for the fence from domestic supply, District Forest Officer of Sathyamangalam Division Arunlal said.

A post-mortem was conducted on the spot and the carcass was buried.

Normally, carcasses of healthy elephants in the wild are left at the very location of death for predators to feed on. Since, the animal had died on a patta land, it was buried.

The tusks were removed earlier to be kept in the custody of the Forest Department.

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Yet another wild elephant shot dead in Wayanad

KOZHIKODE: A wild elephant was found shot dead in a farm land bordering the forests at Athirattukunnu under the Pathiri South section of the South Wayanad forest division Sunday morning.

Forest officials said that the male elephant was around 20 years old and it had three gunshot injuries in its body.

The killing has ringed alarm bells among forest officials and conservationists as it is the third elephant to be gunned down in Wayanad district in the last six months.

The carcass of the elephant was found lying in the paddy field by locals early morning. Forest officials led by South Wayanad divisional forest officer Abdul Azeez reached spot at 7 am. Steps are on to conduct the autopsy.

The latest killing comes close on the heels of the arrest of a resort owner in the last week of October for shooting down a wild elephant in retaliation against the action taken by forest officials against his resort.

Locals said that there have been isolated incidents of crop raiding by elephants in the region.

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Saturday, November 05, 2016

Illegal high-voltage fence electrocutes elephant in Tamil Nadu

ERODE: A 10-year-old elephant died of electrocution when it came in contact with a high voltage fence at Sathyamangalam Forest Reserve in Kadambur in the district.

Forest Department sources said one Thangavelu had erected the high voltage fence illegally to prevent animals entering his farm.

The carcass was noticed by locals, who informed the police and Forest Department officials and later it was buried after post mortem. A case was registered against the accused, who is absconding, police said.

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Friday, November 04, 2016

Assam: Carcasses of elephant, calf found

Carcasses of an adult female elephant with one of its tusks missing and that of an elephant calf were found on Thursday in separate places of Sonitpur district near the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border.

The body of the adult elephant with an arrow in its forehead was discovered by journalists in a paddy field at Bhuragaon Tengabasti under Chariduar police station area who informed Forest Department officials about it.

Forest officials went to the spot and, after inspecting the body, said that the elephant might have been killed two days ago by poachers who took away a tusk.

However, Divisional Forest Officer Diganta Borbora said it was suspected the elephant was poisoned as the animals were known to have caused damage to standing paddy crops in that area.

The calf, part of a herd, died when it fell into a deep drain of a tea garden at Rangapara, about 60 km from here, forest officials said. The mother of calf tried to rescue the baby but earth from both sides of the drain covered it burying the animal, the officials said.

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Indian man killed by an Elephant

A 35-year-old man from India was killed by a male elephant in the Manas National Park, located 12 km from Panbang towards Assam, India.

The deceased was from Kachu Gaon, Assam, India and was working as a caretaker in the park for the last 12 years.

The incident took place on February 3 at around 16:30 hrs when the deceased went to feed the elephant.

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Thursday, November 03, 2016

One held for killing wild elephant

Forest and Wildlife Department officials on Tuesday arrested Shaji, 48, of Kulathingal at Pulpally, on the charge of killing a cow elephant in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WSS).

He is the kingpin of a poaching team, the officials said. The carcass of the elephant, aged 13, was found near the Sulthan Bathery- Perikkallur State highway at Nalam Mile under the Kurichiyad range of forest of the sanctuary on May 30 morning. It had a bullet injury on its head and veterinarians recovered a lead bullet from its skull during autopsy.

During interrogation, Shaji allegedly confessed that he shot the animal with a country-made gun along with Baby, 40, of Chundat at Pulpally, Samjad, 22, of Paloppora at Puthankunnu, and three others around 12.30 a.m. on the day, P. Dhaneshkumar, Warden, WWS, told The Hindu .

The other accused were absconding. They reached the spot on a sports utility vehicle and he shot the animal at close range with a gun owned by Baby, Mr. Dhaneshkumar said.

He said forest personnel had tried to stop the functioning of a resort owned by the accused on the fringes of a forest at Pulpally and WWS officials had denied permission to a similar resort at Vadakkanad, which provoked him to commit the crime.


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Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp

Karwar: Ever seen a baby elephant cry? It can melt the hardest of hearts. A 90-day-old calf, which got separated from its herd and was rescued by forest officials, wept when it was put into a truck to be sent to the elephant camp at Sakrebail.

The baby elephant was found near Mainalli village, in Mundgod taluk, Uttara Kannada district four days ago. Forest department officials, who waited in vain for the mother elephant, on Wednesday decided to shift it to Sakrebail in Shivamogga district.

The herd of elephants had entered a paddy field adjacent to the forest, in Mainalli, and while returning, the calf fell into a gorge nearby. The other elephants tried to bring the baby out, but failed.

After a few unsuccessful attempts, the elephants retreated into the forest.
Villagers informed the forest department officials who managed to lift it out of the gorge. The calf was treated locally and fed grains, jaggery and water.

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Elephant calf found dead

AGARTALA: The Tripura forest department and police have launched separate investigations into the suspected killing of a five-year-old elephant calf in the Purba Godaibari area of Kalyanpur in West Tripura on Thursday.

The authorities are waiting for the autopsy report to ascertain the cause of death.

According to police, villagers in the Kalyanpur area at the foothills of the Athuramura, angry after suffering repeated crop damage by elephants over the past several years, sprayed insecticides on their fields in what might have been an act of revenge.

Police said they were informed about the carcass by the villagers on Thursday.

The forest department has increased food supply in the forests of Athuramura, considered to be an important elephant corridor, forest minister Naresh Jamatia said. "The forest department has dug up ponds and started large-scale plantation of trees in the core forest area," the minister said, adding, "If adequate food is arranged for the elephants, they will not stray."

The Tripura government is also planning to set up an elephant reserve at Gandhari in Gomati district.

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Monday, October 31, 2016

Elephant calf rescued from gorge, sent to Sakrebail camp

Karwar: Ever seen a baby elephant cry? It can melt the hardest of hearts. A 90-day-old calf, which got separated from its herd and was rescued by forest officials, wept when it was put into a truck to be sent to the elephant camp at Sakrebail. The baby elephant was found near Mainalli village, in Mundgod taluk, Uttara Kannada district four days ago. Forest department officials, who waited in vain for the mother elephant, on Wednesday decided to shift it to Sakrebail in Shivamogga district.

The herd of elephants had entered a paddy field adjacent to the forest, in Mainalli, and while returning, the calf fell into a gorge nearby. The other elephants tried to bring the baby out, but failed. After a few unsuccessful attempts, the elephants retreated into the forest.

Villagers informed the forest department officials who managed to lift it out of the gorge. The calf was treated locally and fed grains, jaggery and water.

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Poisoned by villagers, wild elephant found dead in Tripura

 A wild elephant was found dead lying on an uncultivated land in Gudai village near Kalyanpur Police Station recently.

Symptoms show that the animal might have died due to poisoning by pesticide given by the villagers.

Ratan Debbarma, a local villager, told ANI: "We noticed a herd of around 12 to 14 wild elephants including a calf in the eastern Gudai village area. We tried to scare them away but failed. This morning we came to know that an elephant was lying dead there. We don't know how it died."

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One killed in Elephant attack

One person was killed in an elephant attack at Bommanakoppa village of Kanapur taluk in this district last evening.

Deputy Conservator of Forest (DCF) B V Patil told UNI here today that when six elephants entered into the paddy field at Bommankoppa village, villagers immediately informed the forest officials.

Forest officials visited the village and tried to drive away the elephants along with villagers.

One female elephant attacked and killed a villager and dragged him into the forest.The forest officials and villagers dispersed from the spot to protect their lives. The deceased was identified as Vasudev Bramankar (48) .

Later the forest officials and villagers entered into the forest and searching for the body of Vasudev. It was found last night and brought to the Kanapur Hospital for Post-mortem. Senior forest officials including DCF visited the Hospital.

Some villages in Kanapur taluk is Elephant Corridor and many times Elephants come from Dandeli forest for food. A Cheque of Rs 2 lakh was handed over the family members of the deceased, Mr Patil said.UNI HVN CS 1122

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One-month-old elephant calf dies

A one-month-old elephant calf died in the camp at Mudumalai Tiger Reserve (MTR) in Nilgiris district today.

The calf was found lying in the jungles of Sirumugai in the district, left alone by its mother about 15 days ago and the Forest Department took it to the MTR Elephant Camp.


It was being fed milk daily and two mahouts were looking after the calf.

However, it died this morning, Forest Department veterinarian Dr Vijayaraghavan said.

After post mortem, the calf would be buried in the camp, he said.

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Elephant dies in battle for supremacy

An old tusker was found dead this morning apparently after losing in a fight with a younger male of his species in a battle for dominance over territory at Kolabari forest under Panighatta range. Locals who discovered the dead elephant alerted the forest department which conducted an investigation into the death.

Forest personnel suspect the old tusker died after getting into a fight with a younger male as a deep wound was found on the animal's chest. Kurseong Division forest officer Suratna Sherpa said, “Forest personnel are not able to patrol the area as the forest is dense. We cannot provide definite details of the incident, but according to preliminary investigation, we believe the elephant could have died after getting badly injured on the chest during a fight with another tusker.”

The dead elephant has been sent for a post-mortem while forest personnel are on the lookout for the other elephant. According to locals, a herd of about 130 elephants have been loitering in the forest over the past few days.

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Bannerghatta foresters get set to capture two wild elephants

BENGALURU: Forest officers of Bannerghatta National Park are gearing up for a khedda operation of sorts, a first of its kind in their jurisdiction. Experts from Madikeri are busy building two kraals (enclosures) to capture two jumbos from a herd of about 12 bull elephants, which have run riot in the stretch between Bannerghatta and Tumakuru.

The boy band has been involved in conflict situations over the past 17 years, devastating crops, and causing the death of 15 persons. Their turf covers areas around Bannerghatta, Kodihalli at Ramanagara, Kaggalipura, Kanakapura Road, Kumbalgodu, NICE Road stretch near Magadi Road, Savandurga, Shivagange, Dobbespet and Tumakuru town itself, which are conflict points in general. The department has decided to capture them to prevent further conflict and address the concerns of residents.

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016

393 elephants lack ownership certificates in Kerala


Of the total 393 jumbos, 329 were tuskers, 60 female elephants and four 4 were makhna (male elephant without tusks), HATF secretary V K Venkatachalam said.

Though keeping elephants without ownership certificates is an offense, as many as 393 captive tuskers are being kept without valid certification by temple managements and individuals in Kerala.

 While Thrissur district, which annually hosts the famed Thrissur Pooram, has 91 elephants sans ownership certificates, Kottayam has 71 jumbos without certification, followed by Kollam with 47 and Palakkad with 33.

The figures were given by the state Forest Department in response to an RTI inquiry by the Thrissur-based animal campaigner Heritage Animal Task Force.

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Sick elephant delivers calf, forest officials caught unaware

Much to the shock and surprise of the forest department officials, a 30-year-old female elephant, who was being treated for stomach-related ailment, delivered a male calf at an elephant camp near here today.

The officials were caught unaware, when the animal developed labour pain and delivered a male calf at the camp in Chadivayal on the city outskirts, around 4.30 AM this morning, forest department sources said.

The elephant was found unconscious in a field at Periya Thadagam on the outskirts on October 19 and the forest officials, with the assistance of two veterinarians had provided treatment to it for stomach-related ailments.

Even as the pachyderm was shifted to the camp to continue the treatment, the veterinarians were unaware that the elephant was pregnant, they said.

Both mother and calf are in good health, they added.

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Treatment for sick jumbo to continue for two more days

COIMBATORE: A 30-year-old female elephant, which is suffering from a stomach-related ailment, will be released into the forest after two more days of treatment, forest department sources said on Saturday.

The elephant, which was found unconscious in Periya Thadagam on the city outskirts a few days back, was revived by forest veterinarians.

However, the pachyderm, which ventured into the forest area, returned on Friday and fell sick, necessitating the forest department to shift it to the camp at Chadivayal for treatment.

After necessary medical care, the elephant recovered on Saturday morning. It was helped up with the help of crane, forest department sources said.

Since it is unable to consume food on its own, the elephant will be kept in the camp for two more days and will be released into the forest after total recovery, they said.

On October 20, the elephant had reportedly gone into the forest and consumed plastic bags and aloe vera, thus leading to stomach-related problem pti

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Sunday, October 23, 2016

Elephant gores woman to death in Erode forest area

A 60-year-old woman was allegedly gored to death by a male elephant in Anthiyur forest near here, forest officials said today.

Karunal of Vilankuttai forest settlement area in Burgur forest was collecting faggots with some other women in nearby forest, last evening, when a single male elephant emerged from a bush nearby and began chasing the women.

The pachyderm attacked Karunal and pierced her stomach with its tusk, killing her on the spot. Others who managed to run to safety, informed the villagers and the forest officials, who reached the spot. After the elephant left, they removed the body of Karunal. A case has been registered and investigation is on.

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Carcass of elephant cremated

A Forest team cremated the carcass of a sub-adult female elephant found at Kothamangalam beat in Bhavani Sagar range on Thursday.

The elephant, believed to have been afflicted with an intestinal ailment, had come to the location with a herd to quench thirst and had reportedly collapsed.

The herd had left the spot after waiting for a while.

After autopsy, the carcass was disposed off, under the guidance of District Forest Officer of Sathyamangalam Divison Arunlal.

Samples of viscera were taken for tests.

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‘Film City elephant died due to bile duct stones’

A day after a female elephant died at Film City, Goregaon, veterinarians said that the cause of its death was multiple bile duct stones that led to liver failure. A forest offence report (FOR) has been filed against the elephant’s owner claimed forest officials.

On Friday afternoon, 38-year-old Roopa was brought from her owner’s house in Borivli to Goregaon for a photo shoot. HT had reported that the elephant’s owner, Saba Shankar Pandey, had said that after eating some sugarcane, Roopa was in discomfort and had developed swellings on her body. Around 3pm, she collapsed outside the Film City gate and died soon after.

A post-mortem was conducted on Saturday morning by pathologists from Bombay Veterinary College and veterinarians from Sanjay Gandhi National Park (SGNP) at Kora Kendra at Naigaon, Vasai. While the results are awaited in a couple of days from Saturday, the elephant’s body was buried at Vasai.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Elephant with broken leg keeps village awake

Affectionately named Sidda by forest authorities, the tusker broke its front right leg and now spends much of its time floating in the backwaters of Manchanabele dam.

A 45-year-old wild elephant — blind, lost and crippled by a leg injury — has entrenched itself in a dam around 30 km from Bengaluru, and has become the focus of local villagers amid an effort by forest authorities to rehabilitate him. The elephant drifted into the dam some 40 days ago.
Affectionately named Sidda by forest authorities, the tusker broke its front right leg and now spends much of its time floating in the backwaters of Manchanabele dam.

The Karnataka forest department officials have decided to summon veterinary doctors from Chennai, Guwahati and Thiruvananthapuram to look at Sidda and find a way to rescue him and take him to Bannerghatta National Park on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

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Mother elephant protects body of baby elephant

A bond between a mother and her child is the most precious relation of all. The love a mother has for her child is unconditional and it's the same for both human beings and animals.

A similar incident was witnessed in Sunsal village of Odisha where a mother elephant was seen protecting the body of her dead son.

A herd of elephant from Similipal Tiger Reserve also came and gathered around the dead body of the jumbo elephant lying in Sunsal village under dukura range.

After seeing this unusual scenario, the villagers were surprised and called the rescue team of forest department.

But the parade of elephant didn't let them come near the lying body.

All elephants left the place after staying there for a night, but the mother was still there with his son.

Doctors have collected the blood samples of the jumbo elephant to for probe the reason behind the death of the baby elephant was about 4 to 5 years old.

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Man trampled to death by elephant in Hassan

A man was trampled to death by a tusker near Garighatta village in Alur taluk on Monday morning. Swamy Gowda (60), a farmer and an amateur theatre artist, had gone to his farm to give fodder to his cattle when he encountered a lone tusker. The wild elephant is said to be part of a herd that entered parts of Alur from Kodlipete in Kodagu district.

Swamy Gowda had no chance of escaping as the elephant pushed him to a tree and then trampled him to death. By the time neighbours noticed the incident, he was dead. Officers of the Forest Department also rushed to the spot. Swamy Gowda is survived by his wife and three children.

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Elephant herd raids farms in Kodaikanal

A herd of wild elephants destroyed beans and potato plants in farms at Kookal and other villages in upper Kodaikanal. The elephants entered two farms owned by Alex and Kaliappan. The elephants are reportedly raiding farms in this areas regularly.

Meanwhile, hundreds of farmers from Lower and Uppper Kodaikanal thronged the Collectoate on Monday morning demanding proper action to drive wild animals into the reserve forests and suitable compensation for the crop damage. They gave petition to the Collector.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Two elephants on the prowl in Kuppam

The man-animal conflict at the tri-State junction of Kuppam, flanked by Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, is taking a serious turn, with two lone wild elephants on the prowl in the agriculture fields and brushing close to human habitations in two separate locations in Kuppam and Ramakuppam mandals, since a couple of weeks.

In Ramakuppam mandal, a lone elephant is giving sleepless nights to the farmers of Naniyala, Narayanapuram thanda, Kavalimadugu and Veernamala hamlets, raiding crops and moving right in the middle of human habitations.


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Tribal man trampled to death by wild elephant in Chhattisgarh

A tribal man was today trampled to death by a wildelephant in Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh, police said.

Kishore Urao (35) encountered an elephant herd at a field near his native Gobindpur Pahadipara village under Pasta police station in the wee hours, a police official told PTI.

"Before he could run away, he was trampled to death by one of the elephants," he said.

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Abandoned elephant calf rescued

UDHAGAMANDALAM: An abandoned elephant calf was rescued by forest officials in Sirumugai forests on Friday.

The calf, just 10 days old, was found abandoned at Thattapallam beat in the Sirumugai range while the forest staff were on patrol. The forest staff informed the higher officials on sighting the calf around 10 am.

S.Ramasubramanian, DFO, Coimbatore division, rushed to the spot with a team of forest officials. “It is just a 10-day old calf and seemed very weak. A day-long wait for its mother went in vain,” said Manoharan, Sirumugai forest range officer.

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Wild tuskers spotted in different locations in Hassan district

Wild elephants were spotted in three different locations of Hassan district including coffee estates near Sakleshpur town on Friday, forcing Forest Department officials to launch a drive to send them back to the forests.

A herd of 24 elephants was spotted near Sakleshpur town. The elephants were seen in the coffee estates roughly about 500-800 m away from Sakleshpur bus stand. Two tuskers were spotted at Kyatanahalli about 18 km away from Hassan town. Similarly, three elephants were spotted at Sosalakere near Nuggehalli in Channarayapatna taluk.

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Elephant calf dies of anthrax

An elephant calf died of anthrax in the Sanasole cashew forest on the foothills of Similipal sanctuary, officials said on Saturday.

The carcass was located last evening with blood oozing out of its mouth, said Arun Kumar Patra, Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF) of Baripada forest division.

The calf died of anthrax and the cause of the death was ascertained after an autopsy, he said

A herd of elephants had strayed away from the Similipal sanctuary area last week and the animals were seen roaming in the nearby areas.

The calf which succumbed to anthrax was a member of the herd. The mother of the calf was seen guarding the carcass when the forest officials visited the spot, the ACF said.

The autopsy was carried out after the guarding mother left the carcass this morning. On September 10, a female elephant died of anthrax in Gudugudia range under Karanjia forest division, officials said.

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Elephant tramples man to death in Balrampur dist


RAIPUR: A 35-year-old man was today trampled to death by a herd of wild elephants in Chhattisgarh s Balrampur district.

The victim identified as Kishore Urao came face-to-face with the herd of jumbos at a field near his native village Gobindpur Pahadipara under Pasta police station limits in the small hours, a police official told PTI.Before he could run away he was trampled to death by one of the elephants of the herd, he said.

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Vigilance court orders probe against Malayalam actor Mohanlal in elephant tusk case

A vigilance court in Kerala has ordered for a quick verification probe against Malayalam actor Mohanlal for possessing elephant tusks.

The order was given by Muvattupuzha vigilance court.

A probe has also been ordered against former minister T Radhakrishnan.

It was in 2012 that elephant tusks were recovered from Mohanlal's residence.

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Thursday, October 13, 2016

Video: Elephant Rampage Causes Panic In Varanasi

Elephants known to be very calm animals, but how adorable and calm they are usually, they are equally disastrous when they are upset.

A similar example has been witnessed by the mob at Nayi Sadak area of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, where an upset elephant disastrously destroyed everything came in between in the area.

The Elephant disturbed due to the traffic jam in the area. The The mahout, who was, at the time on the elephant’s back, was also thrown down by the mammal. Miraculously, he landed straight on the road and ran away.

The act of rampage was captured in a camera went viral in Puthiyapalam, Kozhikode, Kerala, recently. In the video elephant can be seen destructing everything in its way, crushing autorikshaw and also storming inside the shops.

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Electric fence kills pregnant elephant

A pregnant elephant was electrocuted after coming in contact with an electric fence around a paddy field in Alipurduar district, forest department officials said today.

The incident occurred near Kalapani beat office of the forest department last night.

Though such electrical fence is illegal, many farmers use this technique to prevent standing crops from elephants, the officials said.

As it was difficult for forest officials to take equipment to lift the carcass because of rising water level of Kaljani river, it was still lying there, they said.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Karnataka’s Siddis don’t see elephants as their enemy anymore. Here's why

Sitting on a floor mat in a dingy room, six Siddi women worked to give perfect shape to the little elephants in their hands. Bright-coloured rags, shiny beads, colourful threads, satin ribbons and a couple of elephant drawings were spread out in front of them. “My elephant looks more handsome than yours,” said Annie, while showing the elephant key chain she was working on to the other five, making them giggle.

These women from the Siddi community, an Afro-Indian tribe, belong to Gadgera village located deep inside the reserve forest of Yellapur division in Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

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Wildlife week: Threats to elephants highlighted

The ‘Elephant Day’ celebrations, as part of the 62nd wildlife week which concluded on Saturday, brought home the threats plaguing wild elephants due to anthropogenic pressures.

Conducted by the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary and the Malai Mahadeshwara Wildlife Sanctuary, the Forest Department helped create awareness on the issues pertaining to conflict and the threats to elephants.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Elephant damages houses, consumes rice kept in kitchen

An elephant today destroyed a kitchen wall of a house besides damaging furniture and other appliances of another on the outskirts of Coimbatore, police said.

The jumbo entered the house of Dharmaraj at Alamaramedu in the wee hours and destroyed furniture, TV set, almirah and utensils in the kitchen. It also consumed nearly 45 kg of rice and other grains stored in the kitchen, they said.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Live eletric fence kills baby elephant in Malbazar

SILIGURI: A tusker about four years old died last night after coming in contact with live electric fence in a paddy field at Toribari in Malbazar subdivision under Oodlabari Gram Panchayat.

With the forest department personnel and locals arriving at the spot early this morning, the dead elephant was recovered from the paddy field.

According to local sources, a herd of around 20 to 22 elephants came out of the forest searching for food. As the paddy field is located along the forest, the elephant headed straight for the paddy field. However, with paddy farmers putting up live electric fencing around the paddy field, the young elephant died after coming in contact with the electric fence.

The forest department personnel have sent the dead elephant for post mortem. They said the real cause of death will be known after going through the post mortem report.

The rest of the elephant herd went back to the forest, added the forest department personnel.

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Elephant menace: Villagers living under threat in CG

BILASPUR: Surguja, Korba and Raigarh districts of Chhattisgarh are facing wild elephant menace these days. While a farmer was seriously injured in an attack by a wild elephant during the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, two large rampaging herds of wild elephants have destroyed a house and paddy crop in 15 acres area in Boro range of Dharamjaigarh of Raigarh district and another large herd has destroyed crops in large area in Kartala range of Korba district. The herd in Boro range is said to be 76 strong, while that rampaging in Kartala range of Korba is 40 strong.

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Saturday, October 08, 2016

Meet to prevent man-elephant conflict

A meeting between forest personnel and farmers was held on Wednesday at Kalakkad – Mundanthurai Tiger Reserve’s Kalakkad Division to find a solution for intrusion of elephants into agricultural fields.

Since the elephants are known to exhibit high fidelity to their home ranges and the migrating routes that they use traditionally, the land transformation wherein ‘alien species’ like eucalyptus is grown in areas where food for elephant is available abundantly and obstructions created on their migratory routes in the form of constructions lead to elephant-human conflicts. When the population of pachyderm increases due to conservation, the conflict increases manifold, particularly during migratory season.

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Friday, October 07, 2016

Elephant Calves in India’s Kerala More Vulnerable to Herpes, Study Warns

A failure to conduct a thorough probe of different strains of Herpes virus in elephants may rob Kerala’s forests of all baby elephants, warns a state forest department veterinarian.

The herpes virus that killed 26 elephants over the past 10 years, mostly young ones, both in the wild and captive, had different strains depending on the region they were in like Munnar, Wayanad and Nilambur, the Times of India reports.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Baby elephant rescued from a well by villagers in India


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

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

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

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

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“Elephant taunting” is now a thing in India

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

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Elephant rejuvenation camp concludes


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

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Central team takes stock of elephant deaths


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

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

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

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Thursday, January 10, 2013

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


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

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

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Five Indian elephants run over by train in Orissa


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

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

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

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

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New rules to make life miserable for temple elephants


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

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

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

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Poachers shoot elephant in Assam, hack it to pieces


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

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


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