Villagers stay indoors over elephant scare - The New Indian Express

Villagers stay indoors over elephant scare

Published: 11th November 2013 08:16 AM

Last Updated: 11th November 2013 08:17 AM

Residents of villages bordering forest areas here stay indoors for fear of attack by a herd of 100 wild jumbos that have strayed into Tamil Nadu jungles from the Bannerghata National Park forests in the neighbouring state of Karnataka.

The elephants, which are at present in forest areas near Hosur, enter agricultural fields in Hosur and surrounding Denkanikotta during the night and destroy crops.

Of the total 103 elephants from the Bannerghata National Park forest region, 60 were reported to be staying in Jolapari forest region on the border of TN. The remaining 43 pachyderms are on the move in Podurpallam forest near Hosur.

At night, elephants wreak havoc in agricultural fields in areas like Kammandodi, Pathakota, Sanamaavu and Athimugam, where farmers have raised different crops.

Krishnagiri division forest officer A K Ulaganathan after inspecting these regions said the forest department has been taking all measures to check the elephant menace.

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