Jumbos on Rampage at Taraka Reservoir (Mysuru, India)


New Indian Express

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MYSURU: A herd of eight wild elephants went on the rampage and damaged vehicles near the Taraka reservoir at H D Kote taluk on Monday.

The elephant herd made farmers and villagers run helter skelter in fear of their lives.

The herd also destroyed standing crops and caused huge losses to farmers in and around Sathigey hundi, Chanahalli, Panchahalli and other villages.  They were sighted in the fields in the morning.

The villagers gathered and tried to chase them away to the Nugu reservoir backwaters and Antharasanthe reserve forest.

The elephants rushed towards the reservoir crest gates and caused panic among the forest officials.   If the jumbos had fallen into the irrigation canal, it would have resulted in a tragedy.

Though the forest officials managed to chase four elephants towards the forest, four others panicked due to an irate mob surrounding them, and rushed onto the road damaging motorcycles and flinging away autorickshaws.

Forest officials have assured the people that they will see to it that the elephants are chased back into the forest.