Specialists warning individuals on doable encounters with elephants

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With the motion of untamed elephants rising attributable to seasonal migration, specialists warn individuals residing in areas near forests of doable frequent encounters because the animals are searching for simple meals equivalent to rice, vegetables and fruit which might be saved in homes and outlets aside from raiding crops.

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A household at Kalappanaicken Palayam close to Vadavalli had an evening of terror as a herd of seven elephants broken the kitchen of the home and took out ration rice that was saved in sacks late on Wednesday. The elephants stood exterior the home devouring the rice, earlier than being chased by the native residents.

Residents of Valparai plateau are used to such incidents the place human-elephant interactions are every day affairs. “Elephants have an unbelievable sense of scent. They’ll scent palatable objects from a distance with their trunks. They’ll simply detect eatables, smells of which they’re accustomed to,” stated J. Peter Prem Chakravarthy, a biologist with the Anamalai Tiger Reserve (ATR).

In response to him, individuals residing in such areas ought to keep away from venturing out at night time. Holding lights round the home on at night time would discourage elephants. “In addition they detect objects equivalent to salt saved in buildings by means of scent,” stated an elephant skilled N. Sivaganesan, who recalled how a tusker broken an deserted constructing in Dindigul district to get salt saved in gunny luggage.

“A newly-wed couple had saved fruits in a Forest Division visitor home at Valparai the place they got here for honeymoon. Although the doorways and home windows have been closed as a result of low temperature, an elephant sensed the scent of fruits and broken home windows to get them,” he stated.

In response to Mr. Sivaganesan, forest areas in Coimbatore district witness an inflow of elephants from October. Numerous components together with grass phenology, availability of perennial water sources and inexperienced cowl which is right for calving set off this seasonal motion. “Elephants unfold in small models within the forest division. Water storage areas of Bhavani Sagar reservoir, Pilloor reservoir and streams within the japanese slopes of the Nilgiris are among the many main sources of water for them,” he stated.

The Forest Division has suggested individuals residing close to forest areas to alert the sector employees upon recognizing elephants and to not enterprise out to chase them. Whereas the Coimbatore Forest Division has deployed a number of ‘border night time patrolling groups’ to drive out elephants, ATR is conducting night time patrols in Valparai plateau by means of 4 groups.

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