A team of officials from the Forest Department, including Chief Conservator of Forests Shantappa, and Assistant Conservator of Forests M. Puttanna, and Deputy Commissioner D.K. Ravi recently visited the areas where elephants wreaked havoc. They promised farmers that compensation would be released after estimating the loss.

Mr. Ravi has suggested that the Forest Department formulate a plan to dig a trench that is three metres wide and three metres deep within the 40-km radius of the forest bordering Tamil Nadu to prevent elephants from entering human habitats. The officials are likely to submit a plan to the State government soon, sources said.