Bhubaneswar, December 12 (LocalWire): Adding to the instance of human-animal conflict, a herd of marauding wild elephants from Jharkhand has sneaked into forests under Karanjia forest division in Mayurbhanj district, triggering large scale damage to croplands and fruit-bearing trees in orchards in forest-side villages.
“The herd comprising more than 20 elephants including tuskers was spotted at the dense Kujiam forest over the past 48 hours and there are reports of the animals making their way into the agriculture fields and orchards,” divisional forest officer Prasanna Kumar Behera said.
The skilled service groups of elephant squads are on the job round the clock to stop the animals from entering into human habitation areas.
“Our topmost priority is to ensure the safety of human lives. Those who have suffered crop damage will be duly compensated,” he said.
He further stated that it is the natural behavioural instinct of elephants to stride long distances in search of food.
“Jharkhand elephants stray into Odisha as dense forest cover in Mayurbhanj is rich with fruit-bearing trees like mangoes and jackfruits, besides the standing crops and luxuriant vegetables in the village areas,” he added.