Trap ready for PT 7 but terrain not favourable; round the clock surveillance underway

Palakkad: Kerala forest department is all set to trap Palakkad Tusker 7 (PT 7) that has been spreading fear in the Dhoni region in Palakkad district.

They are now waiting for the team of Dr Arun Sakariya to arrive at Dhoni. The team is equipped to tranquilise the elephant. Dr Sakariya was injured while capturing Pandalur Makhna 2 (PM 2) in Wayanad in December. He is likely to arrive in Palakkad on Monday. Meanwhile, the 150-member-strong team in Dhoni is working to avoid another confrontation of the animal with natives by surveilling it 24x7.

Since the forest is dense, the elephant is being surveilled with the help of the sound it makes while moving and the marks it leaves, assistant conservator of forests B Ranjith said.

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Though PT 7 was seen with two other elephants a couple of days ago, it is now alone. Ranjith said this was a relaxation to the team.

The team observed that the elephant was taking five routes in the forest. Spots to set up the trap on these routes have been identified. Dhoni's terrain is unfavorable for the team. The elephant has to be brought to the specific route where the trap is set. Further decisions will be made only after Dr Sakariya's team joins the camp.

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