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Farmers pin hopes on forest dept

NYOOOZ 2018-12-07 00:00:00

Farmers pin hopes on forest dept

  • | Friday | 7th December, 2018

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The district forest department has only three more days to keep its assurance given to the farmers to translocate the wild elephants – Vinayakan and Chinna Thambi – before December 9. It is also important to monitor the movement of elephants after they are translocated, he added.The wild elephants had been entering human habitations frequently ever since August and damaging crops. It is the responsibility of the forest department to identify whether the elephants are actually problematic or not.”He said it is important to ensure that locals do not start hating wildlife because of the elephant menace. Since August, the death toll due to human-animal conflict has gone up to six in the region.As the department continuous to be cautious so as not to taste another bitter experience, the farmers are clinging on to the last piece of hope that they have on the forest department. “The department even tried driving away the wild elephants using three kumkis for the past one month,” he pointed out.Wildlife activist Mac Mohan said, “There is no harm in translocating one problematic elephant for the welfare of the farmers.

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