Nanjan (54) and Pari (34), kumki (trained) elephants from the Chadivayal elephant camp of the Forest Department in Coimbatore, and Bharani (29) from the Kozhikamudhi elephant camp of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Pollachi were deployed on the premises of an industrial unit in Hosur on Wednesday to chase away a nearly 20-year-old wild elephant back into forests.

The elephant had been frequenting the premises, straying from the forest that is nearly 20 km away. As the animal did not move out this time, the Forest Department decided to use kumkis.

Wild elephants tend to move away seeing kumkis.

Forest Range Officer Xavier Arockiaraj of Ulandy Range at Top Slip, near Pollachi, and Forest Veterinarian N.S. Manoharan, are leading the operation. Fifteen tribal people who are employed as anti-poaching watchers are assisting the officials. Heavy rain has hampered the operations till 4 p.m. on Wednesday. If the kumkis did not succeed, permission of the Chief Wildlife Warden will be sought to tranquilise the wild elephant and shift it to forests.

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