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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Marginal rise in state's elephant population



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

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

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

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Monday, September 10, 2012

Legal cover for elephant corridors soon: Jayanthi

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


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Security: GPS fitted on two elephants in Kodagu

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

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


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Friday, May 08, 2009

HC asks govt to shift elephant affected by TB from Nilgiris

Times of India
7 May 2009

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

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

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

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Elephants migrate to ‘de-stress’

Express News Service
07 May 2009

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

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

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

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

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Elephant herd from Nepal sighted in Dudhwa Park

The Times of India
4 May 2009

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

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

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

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

One killed in Bankura elephant attack

The Times of India
May 4, 2009

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

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

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

Spot elephant poachers, win cash prize

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

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

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

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

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Mother, child trampled to death by elephant

The Economic Times
30 Apr 2009

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

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

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

Elephants trample Indian democratic process

BreakingNews.ie
April 27, 2009


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

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

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Elephants trample five to death in Dhubri district

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

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

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

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New rail loop lines in Rajaji park to protect elephants

The Hindu
April 24, 2009

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

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Forget naxalites, here’s a real jumbo problem

Sujay Mehdudia, The Hindu
April 21, 2009

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

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

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

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

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‘Killer’ tusker no longer violent

P. Venugopal, The Hindu

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

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

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

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

Indopia
April 14,2009

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

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

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

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

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

Jeremy Hance, mongabay.com
April 05, 2009

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

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

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

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Indian elephant kills Dutch man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Elephants loom large as an issue in Indian elections

By Nityanand Shukla, Reuters
March 31, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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Internet action to save wild Indian elephant tribe

The Northern Rivers Echo
March 19, 2009

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

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Wild elephant attacks 2 tamed elephants

The Times of India
16 March 2009

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

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

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

Woman trampled to death by elephants

March 15,2009

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

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

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

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

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Two elephants found dead in Jharkhand

The Economic Times
14 March 2009

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

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

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

Elephant calf found dead near Masanjore dam

Times of India
13 Mar 2009

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

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

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

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Wild elephants trample three to death in Jharkhand

The Economic Times
13 Mar 2009

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

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

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

He said the rampaging elephants also destroyed standing crops.

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Fresh steps to curb elephant deaths

Deccan Herald
March 13, 2009

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

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Female elephant calf falls prey to explosive

Times of India
9 Mar 2009

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

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

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Two Serian nationals held at airport with elephant tusks

Times of India
8 March 2009

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

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

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

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

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Elephant on the rampage

The Telegraph
March 7, 2009

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

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

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

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

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Five elephants stray into village

The Economic Times
7 March 2009

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

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

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

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

Elephant killed

The Statesman
February 26, 2009

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

Elephants kill two hikers

Kerala Online
February 22, 2009

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

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Elephant mortality rises in Orissa

The Hindu
February 16, 2009


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

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Forest watch on injured elephant

The Telegraph
February 24, 2009

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

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

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

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

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Elephants on the rampage in Midnapur villages

The Hindu
February 23, 2009

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

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

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

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

Pregnant elephant killed, mutilated in Sivasagar

The Telegraph
February 27, 2009

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

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

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Two elephants found dead

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

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

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

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

Tusker found with wounds in mouth dies in Kerala

The Hindu
February 12, 2009


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

HC seeks expenditure details on Nilgiris elephant corridor

Times of India
3 February 2009

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

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

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

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Project elephant status for Bhadra sanctuary

The Times of India
2 February 2009

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

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

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

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One elephant dies every third day

February 2, 2009


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


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

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Elephant lifts child, lets her off unhurt

The Telegraph
February 2, 2009


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

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

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Wild elephants enter Chhattisgarh village, tribals seek help

The Hindu
February 2, 2009

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

Forest dept traps another elephant

Times of India
31 January 2009

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

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

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

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Reunited Elephant Calf Survives in Wild Despite Deformity

Wildlife Trust of India newsletter
January 6, 2009

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

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

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Two elephants die in Mysore district

Times of India
28 January 2009

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

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

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