Keonjhar, September 10 (LocalWire): A herd of 23 wild elephants, including tuskers from Jharkhand and Similipal tiger reserve, has sneaked into forest areas of Keonjhar district sparking a fresh bout of man-elephant conflict.
According to reports, the elephants have also caused extensive damage to the cropland and destroyed three houses in Baikula village under Patana forest range
Skilled forest personnel of elephant squads have stepped up the vigil and are on the job to chase away the elephants back to their original habitat, a forest officer informed.
Keonjhar is home to 50 elephants as per the last conducted census of the animals. The migration of elephants from Jharkhand and Similipal to Keonjhar forest has become a recurring feature. It’s the migration path of these animals.
“It’s not humanly possible to deal with the straying wild elephants. We are adopting precautionary measures and have alerted the locals through our network of elephant squad forest staff to check man-elephant confrontation. Besides the squads are keeping a close eye on the movement of the elephants near the railway track,” a forest official said.
According to the Global Positioning System (GPS) teams that are tracking the movement of these elephants, the animals that had entered into the village last night have moved towards the forest in the morning.
The forest department has warned the villagers not to venture into elephant-infested forest areas.
“They have been told to stay alert on the possible intrusion of animals and promptly disseminate it to forest personnel,” forest official stated.