Jumbos stray into human habitation (India)


Times of India

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Palakkad: Wild elephants are on a rampage in Mundur, Pudupariyaram, Muthalamada, Kollengode and Elavanchery grama panchayats destroying property, including agriculture crops, and creating fear among residents.

On Thursday late night, wild elephants destroyed the poultry and dog cages in many houses at Mundur and Pudupariyaram.

In the border areas of Nochipully, Kayyara, Vadakkumpara and Anappara, elephants destroyed agriculture crops in large scale.

It also destroyed compound walls and fencing.

In the house of Thomas of Kayyara, elephants destroyed poultry and kennel cages. The elephants also destroyed rubber and plantain plantations near his neighbour Narayanankutty’s house. The elephants that reached the area on Wednesday night were seen on Thursday morning also. 

Thomas said that the people of Mundur and Pudupariyaram areas are not locking their gates because wild elephants break open the gates sometimes spending hours. 

High range farmers of Muthalamada, Elavancherry and Kollengode areas are also under the threat of jumbo menace. They come from Nelliampathy hills and enter these areas and destroy coconut, jackfruit and mango trees. 

Farmers’ representatives had met district collector and forest officials several times urging them to take measures to protect them from the attack of wild animals. But no action has been taken yet.