Captured Wild Tusker Dies (India)


By Express News Service

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SHIMOGA: A 45-year-old wild tusker is said to have succumbed to injuries at the Sakrebailu Camp, 12 km from the city, on Monday.

It was caught in Kumbeli forest area in Joida taluk of Uttara Kannada district on June 6 and it was brought to Sakrebailu camp on June 7 with the help of tamed elephants. This elephant was placed inside the kraal (a wooden enclosure where captured wild elephants are confined for training) at Sakrebailu and was being fed there. The elephant was kept along with two other wild elephants caught in Hassan district. It was alleged that the elephant killed two people in Joida taluk. The tamed elephants — Sagar from Sakrebailu camp, Abhimanyu from Dandeli and Gajendra, Balaram and Sriram from Kodagu elephant camp — participated in the operation to catch the tusker on June 6. The five elephants succeeded in driving the wild tusker inside the kraal.

Sources in the Forest Department said the tusker sustained a head injury while being caught and was being treated in the kraal. But for the last two days, the elephant was in a bad condition. On Monday morning, it breathed its last inside the kraal. Its carcass was taken out from the kraal with the help of a backhoe loader. A postmortem was conducted after which it was cremated beside the kraal. A forest officer said the reason for the elephant’s death would be ascertained only after receiving the postmortem report.

After learning that the elephant died at the kraal, locals rushed to the camp and gheraoed Forest Department officials. The locals alleged that officials were negligent towards the well-being of elephants at the camp.

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