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Elephants to be shooed away to forests

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The pair was separated from a herd that came from Karnataka

A pair of wild elephants that strayed into Errabaiyanahalli village near Ittikkal Agaram, 15 km from the district headquarters in Krishnagiri on Sunday, will be driven into the reserve forests in Denkanikottai on Wednesday night.

The elephants moved to Chinnamuthur village, downstream the KRP dam on Tuesday, where they stayed in the Chinnamuthur lake till Wednesday evening.

In Chinnamuthur, they even chased away some villagers who tried to scare the animals on Wednesday morning.

Into the forests

From Chinnamuthur, the pachyderms would be driven into Maranandaalli through Moramadugu and Pickanahalli villages on Wednesday evening, with the help of the local people and the police, Royakottai Ranger, Raphel Reddy, told The Hindu.

And from there, it will be driven to Panchapali and Denkanikottai forests the same night.

The elephants had entered Errabaiyanahalli village from the reserve forest in Palacode range, two km from the Ittikkal Agraham, on Sunday night. It had also destroyed the plantation crops.

Mr. Reddy said forest officials led by him, along with the local police force, were camping in the area to ensure wild animals did not invade into the residential area.

The pair, after separation from a herd that came from the forests on the Karnataka side, was staying on a hillock at Melumalai, and later moved towards villages near Kaveripattinam and Marandaalli.

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