Herd Of 15 Elephants Stranded In Chhattisgarh
As a stranded herd of 15 elephants tries to make its way through human settlements in Chhattisgarh, the Field Director of the elephant reserve located in Surguja district in Chhattisgarh has written a letter to the DFO (Divisional Forest Officer) of Mahasamund district, apprising him of the situation.
Photo: Sajal Madhu.
13 elephants are from Sirpur in Mahasamund district and two are from the Bar Navpara village in Baloda Bazar district.
Elephants are known to traverse long distances. Wide-scale mining in Chhattisgarh has resulted in extensive habitat destruction, rendering these giants homeless. Human-elephant conflict has become commonplace in Chhattisgarh, with displaced elephants venturing into human settlements.
This particular herd of elephants too remains trapped, its movement impeded by villages. While the elephants linger in distress, the villagers live in fear of possible trampling and rampage. The herd has already caused havoc in a number of villages in Sirapur, trampling through crop fields and killing four villagers, as they try to make their way to wilderness.
The Forest Department is trying to come up with an active plan and strategy to move these elephants to safety. Retired Forest Ranger Shri Niranjan Bisen and mahout Shabber from Kanha Tiger Reserve have been contacted for help and and are expected to arrive in Sirapur at the earliest.
Speaking to Sanctuary, Retd. Forest Ranger Niranjan said that the elephants will be lured out of the villages, towards the forested area using fodder.
The Hathi Mitra Dal from Jashpur Forest Range in North-Eastern Chhattisgarh has also agreed to provide its assistance.
“Strategies are being discussed to transport these elephants from the fragmented areas to protected areas”, said Alok Tiwari, DFO Mahasamund.