By Archiver
Wed, 10/10/2018 - 04:57

Until a few years ago, elephants summering in the upper reaches (as high as 3,300 m.) of Arunachal Pradesh’s Eaglenest Wildlife Sanctuary, returned to the foothills before temperatures dipped. Local villagers say that in recent times, the pachyderms have begun to tarry up in the mountains well into autumn, and sometimes even through the cold winter months. What is left in the foothills to come back for? Vast swathes of lowland forests in adjacent Assam have been clear felled leaving these huge animals without food or home.

 

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/10/2018 - 09:02

A female elephant was found dead in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve in Uttarakhand on Tuesday after being run over by a train, a forest official said.

Officials told IANS that a group of 17 elephants was crossing the rail tracks when the high-speed Dehradun-Kathgodam Express was passing by.

While foresters tried to alert the driver, he did not slow down the train, resulting in the death of the elephant.

Drivers of trains are expected to slow down while passing through the national park. But elephants continue to be hit and killed by trains.

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/10/2018 - 10:34

A 40-YEAR-OLD security guard was trampled to death by an elephant on National Highway-31 in North Bengal after he allegedly tried to salute the animal from close quarters. The incident took place around 5 pm Thursday, at Mahakal Dham area near Lataguri forest in Jalpaiguri district.

Police said the victim, Sadik Rehman (40), worked as a security guard for the Jalpaiguri Central Cooperative Bank. A resident of Kukurjaan village in the district, he was travelling from Malbazar to Jalpaiguri by a private bus and was carrying his gun.

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/10/2018 - 14:33

With the mysterious death of four elephants in the last three months in West Midnapore district,the forest department has constituted an inquiry committee to look into the reasons for their death.

The fourth death of an adult tusker was reported today at Dadra village under Keshiary police station. The elephant was found dead near a paddy field in the village with no external injury marks.

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By Archiver
Wed, 10/10/2018 - 16:31

 

MUMBAI: 

An elephant that was part of a group hunting a man-eating tigress in Maharashtra ran astray overnight and trampled a woman to death, an official said today.

The pachyderm was one of five elephants engaged in a search operation for a tigress that is suspected to have killed up to 13 people in Maharashtra.

"The elephant left the base camp and travelled a distance of 20 kilometres in the night and killed a woman," forestry official AK Mishra told AFP.

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