The solar fencing erected last November from Jhiramale in Ilam district to Mechi River along the Nepal-India border has helped communities in Jhapa to keep the wild elephants at bay. But it has not bode well for those living on the other side of the border, with Indian villages complaining about the rise in tusker terror in recent months.
The Coimbatore forest department has started installing camera traps to track elephant movement in Madurakkarai reserve forest area.
The swift action by the forest department comes barely two days after a decision was taken to install the cameras. Forest officials said that 13 cameras have been installed along railway lines A and B, which run through the reserve forest area, close to the interstate border.
A chained female elephant and her young offspring rocking back and forth repeatedly continue to offer disturbing scenes to the visitors at Siddhartha Garden and Zoo.
Their abnormal behaviour caused by the stress of being held captive has been attributed to the alleged blatant violation of guidelines of the Central Zoo Authority (CZA).
A four-ton elephant which travelled more than 600 miles after becoming separated from its herd by floods had to be rescued in Bangladesh yesterday after almost drowning in a pond.
Villagers fired a tranquiliser dart at it after it burst out of the jungle and ran amok but the exhausted and distressed female ended up charging into a pond.
Local vet Sayed Hossain said: 'Hundreds of villagers came to its rescue when they saw the elephant had lost consciousness.'
The state government has been sitting on the proposal of implementing the development of elephant corridors for the last six years.
The wildlife wing of the forest department had identified a 420.8km corridor for the pachyderms in 2010 and sent it to the government for its approval.
Six years have passed since then. But the government is yet to send it to the ministry of environment, forest and climate change for their approval and notification.