A four-member elephant herd raided the farm land and mango grove in Bathalapalli and Kottaiyur villages near Gangasamuthiram reserve forest in Pernambut range during the late hours of Monday.
According to forest officials, the herd migrated from the reserve forest from Chittoor district in Andhra Pradesh state. The herd with three adult elephants led by a matriarch raided the paddy field on the foothills of Thenmalai in Bathalapalli beat. The herd destroyed paddy raised in around 50 cent land that belong to one Sudhakar.
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Later, it moved to Kottaiyur and partially destroyed mango grove of Munirathinam. The forest officials, on information, rushed to the village and chased the animals into the forest by bursting crackers and beating drums. The animals moved into the AP forest area during the early hours of Tuesday, said Forest Ranger of Pernambut Krishnamoorthy.
He added that the forest watchers and guards have been engaged along the border area to monitor the movement of the elephants. The department would assess the damage of the crops and compensate the farmers, added the official.