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‘Go ahead’ to capture rogue elephants in Kodagu

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Difficult operation: Locating and identifying the rogue elephant is expected to be a tough task and could take time.
Difficult operation: Locating and identifying the rogue elephant is expected to be a tough task and could take time.

Jeevan Chinnappa

The operation will start on December 10

Madikeri: The Forest Department will launch an operation from December 10 to capture four elephants, which have become a menace to people in the district.

The Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Bangalore, in three separate orders, has issued permission to the Department here to identify and capture the elephants. The first order was issued on July 27, 2007 to catch one elephant, the second on August 8 to capture another and the third on November 24, 2008 for capturing two elephants. Locating and identifying the right elephant is expected to be a tough task and could take time.

The operations would start from Maldare area, near Siddapura, in the Virajpet division of the district, Conservator of Forests G.A. Sudarshan told The Hindu. Two persons were killed in elephant attacks in Maldare recently. The residents of the area had requested the Forest Department to capture the “rogue” elephants that were destroying crops, besides taking human lives. The operations would be confined to the areas infested with elephant menace in the district, probably ending at Shanivarasante in the Madikeri division, Mr. Sudarshan said. Veterinarians, Srinivas and Nagaraj, from the Hunsur wildlife division would arrive here in a couple of days to take stock of the preparations. Four elephants from Hunsur — Abhimanyu, Arjuna, Gajendra and Srirama — to assist in the capture operations had arrived in Kodagu.

Medicines, drugs, darts, rope and other material needed for the operation had been mobilised.

A preliminary meeting would be held on December 7 to put everything in place, Mr. Sudarshan said. Veterinarians would inspect the preparations and certify that operations could go on. The PCCF (wildlife) could issue permission to catch some more elephants once the four pachyderms were caught and tamed, he said.

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