Capturing Arikomban will reduce elephant attacks in Chinnakanal region, says Dr Arun Zachariah

Arun Zachariah | Photo: Mathrubhumi News

Chinnakanal: Chief forest veterinary surgeon Dr Arun Zachariah opined that wild jumbo Arikomban was the head of the troublemakers at Chinnakanal region in Idukki. If Arikomban is caught, then animal attacks will considerably decrease in the locality, said Arun Zachariah.

The forest department has recorded the activities and behaviour of Arikomban for the past 10 years along with its route map. These data prove that Arikomban is the most violent elephant in the herd. In addition to this, the actions of Arikomban have been unpredictable and hence, this elephant has to be relocated to reduce the elephant attack incidents in the region, Arun said.

He said that the task to catch Arikomban will not be as easy as the capture of Pandalur Makhna 2 (PM2) from Dhoni as the landscape of Chinnakanal poses a challenge. It would be impractical to drive the wild elephant to a predetermined spot with the aid of kumki elephants for tranquilising. The elephant could be tranquilised only if it emerged in a favourable location, said Arun.

As per available data, elephants living under constant conflict with human habitation will not usually pass 40 years of age. In several instances, the locals killed them by shooting, poisoning or by electrocution. Therefore it would be better to relocate Arikomban from here, added Arun Zachariah.

He also said that all the captured elephants will not be made kumkis. Arikomban is a healthy tusker as Palakkad Tusker 7 (PT7) which was caught from Dhoni in Palakkad.

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