Reason behind the animal’s death can be ascertained only after receipt of autopsy report.
Though the animal, which is believed to 15 to 18 years old, was tranquilised on Wednesday night, the department managed to move the animal into a lorry only on Thursday morning at 7.30 am.
This time, the extent of elephant incidence has been higher than previous years due to which farmers are worried about the safety of their crops ahead of procurement.
However, rains intervened and the tusker travelled to the Gopalsamy hillock, a few kilometres away from Arthanaripalayam near Pollachi.
Retired forest officer SG Neginhal recalls his moments with the legendary ornithologist.
He says animals including giraffe, buffalo and impala are also dying and the situation can improve only after rains return.
An 80-member team, led by Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) Deputy Director A S Marimuthu and Coimbatore District Forest Officer D Venkatesh, are on the ground to trap the elephant with enticing food.
The jumbo had unleashed a reign of terror, killing five people in Lower Assam’s Goalpara district last month.
The 40-odd villages under Shencottai and Kadayanallur taluks are prone to elephants straying into residential areas owing to its proximity to the Western Ghats
Large number of villagers gathered to stage a protest and demanded that the jumbo be captured immediately.
In 2018, only one elephant arrived at the fair, which was once famous for the arrival of a huge number of jumbos to bathe with a sea of humanity at the confluence of the Ganga and Gandak.
The court asked the state government to file the statement about the manner in which it plans to implement the recommendations, by November 21, 2019, the next date of hearing.
There was no news of the jumbo after that incident until a drone traced it at a forested area along Assam-Meghalaya border on Friday.
Officials have a tough time as thousands gather to take photos of jumbo on phones
However, the forest personnel, who have been ordered to capture and shift the elephant to a camp, have continued to keep vigil.