Bee-Fence To Keep Jumbo Herds Off Human Settlements In Odisha
Mrunal Manmay Dash, Odisha TV
September 13, 2021
Odisha government is all set to engage honey bees in warding off elephant
herds which stray into human settlements and destroy crops and property in
As per a decision taken by the Odisha Forest department, the largest mammal
on land (Elephant) will be kept at bay from human habitation by an army of
those stingy little flies.
The boxes containing bees will be put at several places known for
trespassing by the jumbos.
When an elephant tries to cross anywhere in the vicinity, the wire
connected to the box would be pulled causing its door to open. The ajar
door will enable the danger-sensing army of bees to come out and ambush the
potential moving threat.
The experiment was reportedly successful in South Africa and in Assam in
India which prompted the Forest department to apply the same technique
expecting results in Odisha too.
Speaking about the new experiment, the PCCF (Principal Chief Conservator of
Forests) Sashi Paul said, “It is said that the bees can scare the elephants
away. If the pilot project gets success, we will expand the model through
out Odisha where the jumbos cause havoc.”
Not only this, the forest department seems to have taken the elephant
menace seriously and are planning to monitor the movement of the jumbos
through through GPS fitted radio collars.
As per reports, the radio coordinates will help monitor the movement of the
elephants trying to trespass human habitation. The experts from the Indian
Institute of Science (IISC) in Bengaluru have joined the forest department
in helping them conduct the exercise.
As per the PCCF, two elephants in Chandaka sanctuary and four from the
Similipal sanctuary will be set with radio collars on an experimental
basis. The experts have high hopes of success as the method has a proven
track record in other States.
Dipen Kalita, an elephant trainer said, “The radio collar will definitely
help in locating the elephants which wreak havoc in villages and destroy
crops. The forest department will find it relatively easy to ward them off.”
Not only this, the Odisha Forest Department has made efforts to deploy
‘Gaja Sathis’ in different wildlife divisions of the State to minimise
It is pertinent to mention here that at least 282 elephants have died in
the last three years, while 921 persons have lost their lives to elephant
attacks in the last 10 years.