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Jumbo Strides: Using tech to mitigate human-animal conflict

A bunch of researchers from Karnataka are leading initiatives that strive to mitigate instances of conflicts with the help of technology. The Hindu looks at four such efforts in a two-part series

August 16, 2023 12:26 pm | Updated August 17, 2023 12:10 pm IST

As per a Karnataka government report, the number of wild elephants in Karnataka has gone up to 6,395 from 6,049 in 2017. 

As per a Karnataka government report, the number of wild elephants in Karnataka has gone up to 6,395 from 6,049 in 2017.  | Photo Credit: SRIRAM MA

Data from the latest elephant census report released by the Karnataka Government on August 9 must have been music to the ears of jumbo lovers. As per the report, the number of wild elephants in Karnataka has gone up to 6,395 from 6,049 in 2017. 

However, as much as the state takes pride in having the highest number of elephants in the country, human-elephant conflicts have been a persistent issue. According to data from the Union Environment Ministry, 112 people died in Karnataka in the last four years as a result of elephant attacks.

The numbers may look bleak, but the silver lining is that a bunch of researchers from Bengaluru and Karnataka are leading initiatives that strive to mitigate instances of human-elephant conflicts with the help of research, data, science and technology. In this series, we shine a light on four such research endeavours.

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