Kumki elephants to aid in capture of rogue jumbo (Madukkarai, India)le


Press Trust of India 

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Kumki (tamed) elephants are being roped in by authorities to capture a rogue elephant, which has been creating havoc in Madukkarai area on the city outskirts for the last one year.

The rogue elephant, which normally comes to human habitat in the early hours in search of water, has killed at least three persons and injured a few others besides destroying banana and other farm produces during the past one year.

A decision to translocate the rogue elephant using the kumkis was taken by the Principal Conservator of Forests here based on complaints from farmers and local residents, official sources said.

Accordingly, one kumki, Vijay, was brought to Navakkarai here from Mudumalai in neighbouring Nilgiris district today. Three more kumkis were being brought here and all the operation to translocate or domesticate the elephant was expected to be launched tomorrow, they said.