Published On: Wed, Jul 10th, 2019

Wild tuskers to be tranquilized, shifted back to Nepal

Bareilly: Not only have they created havoc by destroying crop, they have also killed as many as five people in Tarai region and now the culprits would be immobilised and transported back to their native land. The culprits in question are two wild elephants that had entered the Tarai region some time back from Nepal.

The locals brought the problem to the notice of the forest department officials and now it has been decided to tranquilize the two wild tuskers and shift them back to their native forest in Nepal.

To draw a strategy and reign in the wild tuskers, nearly 150 experts from Assam, Chhattisgarh, Uttarakhan

Forest experts are on the job. If needed, we will tranquilize them

d, West Bengal and Rajasthan have been called in.

Officials of the Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (PTR) have sent 10 forest guards and inspectors to assist forest department teams in their operation to rescue the two wild elephants moving closer to Bareilly city.

According to PTR’s officiating deputy director Adarsh Kumar, the forest guards and inspectors were sent to Bareilly following a requisition in view of the movement of the wild pachyderms in agricultural areas.

All senior forest officials from Lucknow are in Bareilly to supervise the operations and the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) has been deployed in nearly half a dozen villages.

None of the officials could be contacted on phone on Wednesday, but UP Forest Minister Dara Singh Chauhan said that the operation to safely send back the elephants to Nepal was on.

“Forest experts are on the job. If needed, we will tranquilize them,” he stated.

Five female elephants from the Dudhwa National Park have also been put on the job. The female elephants have been brought in to herd in the wild elephants and drive them back to Nepal.

According to forest officials, the two wild elephants entered Uttar Pradesh in the last week of June and have been damaging crops, attacking people and creating panic.

The tuskers have already trampled four people while a forest official lost his life while trying to trap the elephants.

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