Forest officials on Wednesday moved kumki (tamed/trained) elephant Pari to Kurumbanur near Mettupalayam to tackle the problem of wild elephants straying into human habitations. Another kumki Nanjan is likely to be moved on Thursday.
The two kumkis will patrol the exit routes through which the elephants stray into human habitations and to chase them back into the Sundampatti forests.
On instructions from Conservator of Forests – Coimbatore Circle V.T. Kandasamy, the exercise is being monitored by District Forest Officer M. Senthilkumar and Forest Range Officers N. Musthafa (Mettupalayam) and C. Dinesh Kumar (Sirumugai). Pari has been stationed at a farm near Kurumbanur and after Nanjan reaches the camp site on Thursday, the patrolling will commence in Kittampalayam, Dasampalayam, Dasanur and Kandiyur.