Bhubaneswar, December 13 (LocalWire):Odisha forest department is actively considering conferring the elephants’ migration corridors located in Ganjam and Kadhamal district the tag of Elephant Reserve (ER).
Contiguous forest patches in Berhampur and Kandhamal forest divisions are ideal habitats of these heritage animals. The ER status will lead to further staff deployment and ensure the safety of elephants and other wildlife, senior forest officials said.
Besides increase in vigil will go a long way in arresting man-elephant conflict in this region.
Odisha is home to 1976 elephants has currently three ERs- Mayurbhanj elephant reserve, Mahanadi Elephant Reserve and Sambalpur Elephant Reserve.
Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur and Mahanadi elephant reserves are home to 1536 elephants, accounting for 77.73% of total population. These areas have seven wildlife sanctuaries.
Odisha figures fifth in the list of elephant population in the country with the States of Karnataka : 6049, Assam : 5719, Kerala : 3054, Tamil Nadu : 2761 being home to more elephant population than Odisha
The man-elephant conflict has accounted for 370 human toll since 2015 while 740 pachyderms perished in the State for multiplicity of factors including poaching and electrocution since past one decade.