Bhubaneswar, Nov 10 (LocalWire) A herd of 54 wild elephants from Jharkhand have entered into Karanjia forest range in Mayurbhanj district letting a reign of terror in the region.
The elephant herd has so far not caused any harm to humans.
However, it has damaged a couple of kucha houses and ravaged a granary.
They have also trampled 3 to 4 acres stretch croplands, said Divisional Forest Officer, Karanjia, Prasanna Kumar Behera.
A team of 50 forest personnel have been deployed at various strategic sites to prevent elephant depredation and they are keeping round the clock watch on the jumbos.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) tracking teams have spotted the movement of these elephants, he added.
Elephants coming from Jharkhand into Karanjia forest range is a recurring feature in paddy crop harvesting and mango season for eating purpose and after that they make homeward journey.
Fruit bearing trees like mangoes and jackfruits besides standing crops and luxuriant vegetable cultivation are major attractions for the marauding pachyderms.
The elephant habitat in Jharkhand has shrunk following deforestation and these animals move out in search of food, he added.