The Forest Department officials captured a male elephant after sedating it with a tranquilliser dart in the Umbali Betta area near Magadi village in Alur taluk on Monday.

The animal had been the target of officials as it was one among the wild elephants that caused the death of human beings in Alur and Sakleshpur taluks.

Appu Rao, Deputy Conservator of Forests told The Hindu that “the tranquilliser was shot twice. While the first time was a failure, our sharpshooters succeeded on the second attempt. It was caught in midst of the forest. We pulled it to the plains with the help of trained elephants,” he said.

The team, which captured the elephant, included veterinarians, sharpshooters, forest guards, watchers, mahouts, besides senior officers of the department.

Wild elephants have caused damage to agricultural crops and human lives in Sakleshpur and Alur taluks. People in these areas have been demanding that the State government capture all elephants.

The department has obtained permission to capture 25 elephants. So far, three elephants, including the one caught on Monday, have been captured.

The elephant would be shifted to the Mathigodu elephant camp in Nagarahole National Park.

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