Forest dept prepares to tackle jumbo menace in Chamarajanagar (Mysuru)
S Ramesh, Times of India
May 19, 2023
The forest department making preparations to deploy the Elephant Task Force
(ETF) in areas affected by the elephant menace in Hanur, MM Hills and BRT
Tiger Reserve areas in Chamarajanagar district. Various affected people and
farmers in the region have demanded that the forest department initiate
steps to relocate elephants that are invading farms.
Incidents of jumbo menace reported from fringe villages of Dinnalli in
Hanur sub division, Ponnachi, Hasturu, Ramegowdanahalli in MM Hills
wildlife sanctuary. There have
been complaints of elephants destroying banana, jowar and maize crops and
even damaging houses in villages located on the forest fringes.
The forest department had received 53 such complaints in both Cauvery, MM
Hills Wildlife sanctuaries in the last one and half months.
Honnur Prakash, district president of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha said,
"Though the state government has constituted ETF in four districts
including Chamarajanagar, which has highest number of jumbos, to curb the
jumbo menace, the task force is not working effectively. The government had
10-member teams equipped with vehicles, walki talkies and other tools to
support the forest department staff. But the menace continued without any
hassles, causing heavy losses to farmers."
Deputy conservator of forests of Cauvery Wildlife Division Nandeesh told
TOI that the department has successfully prevented jumbo menace by talking
the help of the ETF deployed in Hanur, as well as putting up barricades in
places where the menace was rampant. The department is now receiving
complaints form places such as Kothanur and action will be taken, he added.
He said he will inform senior officials to take steps to relocate some
elephants, which was entering human habitats regularly.
Chief conservator of forests Malathipriaya told TOI that the department
will take all possible steps to curb the jumbo menace in Ponnachi in MM
Hills sanctuary and Kothanur in Cauvery wildlife sanctuary by strengthening
the ETF as well as initiating steps to relocate rogue elephants that were
destroying crops and causing damages to life and property after taking