Wild elephant attacks forest officer’s vehicle in Agali during bid to drive it away
Agali: A wild elephant attacked and damaged a vehicle of the forest department in Attappadi. The jeep in which forest department employees were travelling was damaged by the wild jumbo while they were coming to chase it away.
The staff of Sholayur Forest Station arrived at the place after the locals informed them that an estranged wild elephant has entered the inhabited area at Pettikkal at 11 in the morning. While they were driving the elephant away from the residential area, the jumbo turned towards the vehicle and pierced the jeep with its tusk.
The bonnet, sides and back side of the jeep were damaged in the attack. Meantime, driver Praveen ran out of the vehicle and escaped from the elephant. On Saturday and Sunday alone, wild elephants entered at six residential areas in Agali range. A total of 11 elephants were spotted in different places in Sholayur forest range.
The herd of elephants enter the human inhabited area and destroy crops during night hours. The forest guards find it hard to struggle for hours to get rid of the wild elephants. Presently, there are 14 employees including rapid action force in Sholayur station to drive the elephants away. They are engaged in works to drive away elephants on a daily basis.