K’taka team coming to capture elephant (Kolhapur District, India)


The Times of India

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Kolhapur: A team of forest officials from Karnataka will be arriving here soon to capture the lone tusker roaming in the district. Forest minister Sudhir Mungantiwar said that he has communicated with the Karnataka government and the team will arrive soon.

Five people from Ajara taluka were injured in tusker attack last week. The tusker has been roaming in the fields and damaging crops since last month.

A delegation of Shiv Sena led by district president Sanjay Pawar met Mungantiwar on Monday and urged for action against the tusker.

“The villagers are afraid to go to the fields. The tusker also appears during the day time and damages crop. The government should take immediate steps to address this issue as the lives of people are in danger,” Pawar said.

Mungantiwar said, “The issue will be addressed within two days. A team of experts from Karnataka will capture the tusker. People need not worry. Forest officials are doing their best to address the issue.”

According to forest department officials, they, along with the civic administration and farmers, are trying to restrict the elephant from entering the fields by using firecrackers, chilly smoke and fencing of farms. But these measures have failed so far.

“Two years ago the forest department had captured three elephants near Kankavali tehsil in Sindhudurg district by using skilled personnel. We have requested the department to catch the tusker in Kolhapur district as early as possible and relieve us from the fear that the tusker may appear in front of us any time,” said a senior citizen from Ajara taluka.