Two persons were killed and crops destroyed in the last two months
For the past two months, wild elephants have been causing damage in several villages of Tumkur, Gubbi, Tiptur and Kunigal taluks of the district. Three elephants damaged standing paddy, banana, coconut and arecanut crops and an elephant killed two persons. According to forest officials, three elephants entered Gubbi taluk from the Bannerghatta forest area in November last year. The elephants destroyed crops in many villages, including Vaddarahatti, Halanooru, Shettihalli and Kadaba in Tumkur, Gubbi, Kunigal and Tiptur taluks.
Assistant Conservator of Forests, Bannerghatta National Park, Anil Kumar, said that the elephants leave the forest in search of food and water.
Chinnappa, Range Forest Officer, Tumkur Range, said: “A tusker crushed two persons to death in Gubbi and Tiptur taluks last year. Later, we caught the tusker in Tiptur taluk.” According to him, elephants have been coming from the Bannerghatta forest area for the last 20 to 25 years. They started attacking people and destroying crops in the vicinity of the tanks along the elephant corridor from Gubbi, Bukkapatna and Tiptur in Tumkur district and Arsikere and Alur taluks of Hassan district.
The Forest Department had observed that the elephants were entering the district through the Tataguni estate, Mysore road, Ramohalli, Savanadurga reserve forest, Magadi forest range, Bantarakuppi reserve forest and Nelamangala range.
According to forest officials, the elephants have been coming in search of water to Tumkur district which has several tanks.
“We have been fighting to save our lives and our crops. We burst firecrackers to scare the elephants,” said Manjunath, a farmer of Halanooru village.
District Conservator of Forests, Tumkur, Upendra Pratap Singh said: “The Forest Department is initiating measures to curb the elephant menace in Tumkur district.” He said that five persons from the Bannerghatta National Park were presently in the district to drive the elephants back to the forests.