Jumbo Herd Has Villagers in Panic

Published: 19th February 2014 10:31 AM  |   Last Updated: 19th February 2014 10:31 AM   |  A+A-

Villagers in forest fringe areas were a worried lot after the sighting of a herd of elephants near Omkar range of Bandipur National Park in Gundlupet taluk early Tuesday morning. The animals strayed into villages in search of food and water and camped at Belachawadi village in Begur hobli.

The four tuskers, which camped at a brick factory in Belachawadi village, ran amok. Some villagers were injured in the melee that followed when the animals charged towards them. Later, the elephants entered a eucalyptus grove near Hospura in Omkar Forest Range via Horeyala Road.

According to eye witnesses, the tuskers passed through Kurubara Hundi, Bettada Madalli and Taggalur villages and crossed Ooty-Bangalore Road before reaching Belachawadi.

Srinivas, a villager, said the local farming community is facing losses due to elephants damaging crops, besides living in fear.

 Stating that locals cannot use roads adjoining forests to reach their homes in the evenings, he urged forest officials to ensure wild animals did not enter human habitats.

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