14 elephants found in Aralam farm, efforts to chase them into forest on
Iritty: The forest department has started to evict and relocate the wild elephant herd found in the Aralam farm, back into the forest. 14 elephants were found to have entered the human habitation area from the wild life sanctuary.
The elephants were sent to the 12th block from the second block, which is under the farm, by the forest officers after strenuous effort. The efforts to chase them into the forest from Kottappara through the first block is continuing.
A squad of 40 forest officers, including Aralam wildlife sanctuary warden A. Shajina, Asst. warden Solomen George, Kottiyoor ranger B. Vinu, range officer Jayesh Joseph and R.R.T deputy ranger Haridasan, is behind this tiresome task.
The elephants which seems to have made the farm as their territory caused serious damage to the agricultural crops. Almost 100 coconut trees were destroyed by these elephants within a month.
The elephants which were previously sent back to the forest returned to human habitation after one month. They entered after destroying the wall built on the boundaries. The wildlife board has decided to make patrolling strong so that the elephants don’t come back.