Central govt workforce to take inventory of man-elephant battle in Uttarakhand

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A Central govt delegation headed by the nationwide coordinator of Elephant Cell will take inventory of human-elephant battle in Uttarakhand on a four-day go to to the state from Thursday.

Prajna P Panda, nationwide coordinator of Elephant Cell and Muthamizh Selvan, scientist D for Project Elephant will probably be visiting the state.

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A letter to the chief wildlife warden from the Union setting ministry on this regard talked about that the officers will go to “Uttarakhand for matters related to Elephant Reserves in the state and take into account the areas of Uttarakhand affected with human-elephant conflict.”

Along with the inhabitants of elephants, the man-elephant battle has also elevated within the state. In June this yr, in response to the elephant census that was carried out earlier this yr, the jumbo inhabitants within the state had reached 2,026. In 2012, there have been 1,559 elephants whereas in 2017 there have been 1,839 elephants within the state.

JS Suhag, chief wildlife warden of Uttarakhand forest division stated that 5 people have died and two have been injured in elephant assaults this yr until September.

“Human-elephant conflict is on the rise in the state. To study the movement of elephants and tackle conflict, the state forest department has also started radio-collaring elephants in the state, primarily Rajaji Tiger Reserve landscape. As per the records of the state forest department, five people have died due to elephant attacks this year, while 22 elephants have died due to different reasons in the state,” stated Suhag.

On October 15, a 35-year-old male elephant was efficiently radio-collared in Haridwar forest division to observe its actions forward of Mahakumbh 2021. In October, the Centre permitted the Uttarakhand govt to radio-collar 10 elephants and examine their motion. These elephants normally stray into human habitation areas.

[Attribution HT]

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