Balasore, Nov 18 (LocalWire): Nilgiri residents are spending sleepless nights as elephants have arrived near their area during their annual sojourn of migration.
As many as about 45 pachyderms have arrived near the border and are preparing to enter.
These elephants, supposedly migrating from Dalma sanctuary of Jharkhand, have entered Odisha (Mayurbhanj) via Bengal.
Every year elephants visit Balasore during the paddy-harvesting period.
They move up to Kuldhia sanctuary crossing Remuna and Nilgiri reserve forest.
The divisional forest officer, Biswaraj Panda, said ‘We are aware of their arrival and maintain a high standard of vigil with the help of our staff and wildlife volunteers.
The elephants are camping close to our border in Mayurbhanj and are expected to sneak in tonight. Alerts have been sounded to the villagers.’
The migrating herd generally causes havoc by damaging propert during their stay.
They devour ripe paddy as well damage the fields besides pulling down houses.