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Makeshift kraal ready for wild tusker

Waiting for its inmate: A makeshift kraal set up at Muthanga elephant camp under the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday to house ‘Vadakkanad Komban.’

Waiting for its inmate: A makeshift kraal set up at Muthanga elephant camp under the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary on Friday to house ‘Vadakkanad Komban.’  

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The elephant has been posing threat to people at Vadakkanad

Wayanad wildlife sanctuary (WWS) officials on Friday set up a makeshift kraal at Muthanga elephant camp under the sanctuary to house an unruly tusker that has been posing a serious threat to people at Vadakkanad region in the district.

The tusker ‘Vadakanadu Komban,’ have been causing panic among villagers in various hamlets on the forest fringes of the sanctuary after it killed a boy nearly seven months ago.

Though the pachyderm had left the area after the incident, it reappeared in the area four days ago.

Crop raider

The jumbo, a regular crop-raider in the Sulthan Bathery and Kurichyad ranges under the sanctuary, was fixed with a radio collar telemeter a year ago, after a protest by the villagers.

The kraal has been constructed with eucalyptus wood and is 15x 15×18 feet in dimension. It took two days to construct it.

“The jumbo is located at Kallettu Moolakkolly forest area in Kurichyad forest range and it has been hiding inside the forest for the past 24 hours,” warden N.T. Sajan said.

“However, we are closely monitoring its movements by receiving signals from its radio collar and all steps have been taken to prevent its efforts to enter in to human habitats in the area,” he said.

Teams

Three teams, each consisting of 10 to 15 forest personnel, have been constituted and they are deployed in the area to watch its movements round the clock.

Meanwhile the Chief Wildlife Warden asked his counterparts in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu States to get the services of two ‘kumkis,’ trained elephants elephants from adjacent Bandipur and Mudumalai tiger reserves, to capture the tusker .

“Once we get the kumkis, we will begin operations to translocate the animal after applying tranquiliser darts,” he added.

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