KARNATAKA

Elephants stray into villages



Staff Correspondent

HASSAN: Even as the administration launched "Operation Drona" to trap wild elephants, a herd of eight to 10 elephants entered Korabattahalli, Anjalige, Korabattahalli and villages around Doddabetta hills in Alur taluk damaging paddy crop on Saturday.

The elephants that entered these areas at 11 p.m. stayed in the fields the whole night. Crop in more than six acres of land has been damaged. The loss is estimated at Rs. 50,000.

Unhappy

Villagers are unhappy as "Operation Drona" has, apparently, failed. A few of them said a forest guard visited the villages on Sunday and told them that the Assistant Conservator of Forests would pay a visit to assess the damage.

However, till 5 p.m. on Sunday, the official had not turned up.

The villagers said they would stage dharna in front of the office of the Assistant Conservator of Forests in Hassan.

Review meeting

At a recent review meeting chaired by Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, legislators from Arsikere, Sakleshpur and Arkalgud brought to his notice the problems regularly caused by straying bears and wild elephants in the region .

They appealed to him to send a team of experts to catch/trap the animals and transport them to the core forest area.

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