Berhampur, Dec 19 (LocalWire) At least four forest staff, who were engaged to drive away a herd of elephants, were injured near Talapada under Digaphandi forest range in Ganajm district.
According to reports, the forest officials hurt themselves as slipped and fell while trying to avert a jumbo attack on Tuesday night.
The injured officials, including a forester and anti- poaching squad, were admitted at the Community Health Center (CHC) Digaphandi and discharged after treatment, forest officials said here on Wednesday.
A herd of eight elephants was roaming in the area after a nine-year-old tusker died last Sunday due to infighting, forest officials said.
The herd of wild elephant was in the Changudidei forest for last several months due to availability of food for the jumbos, forest officials claimed.
“After the death of nine-year-old tusker, now in the herd, there is only one tusker. It became violent as it is breeding season of the elephants,” said divisional forest officer (DFO) Berhampur AK Behera.
‘We advised the people not to venture near to the herd, particularly to the tusker,” he said.
The forest staff, who were engaged to drive away the elephants, were also advised to handle the situation without violating the elephants, he said
People of the area urged the forest officials to drive away the jumbos from their region as the herd has destroyed large quantities of harvested as well as standing crops.