TN: Killer wild tusker eludes special teams for second day
November 23, 2022
Pandalur Makhana 2 (PM2), a wild tusker that killed a woman besides
injuring two others by bringing down their house in Devala in Nilgiris
district, is still eluding the special teams of the Tamil Nadu forest
Sources in the forest department told IANS that four special teams are
search for the elephant since Tuesday morning. The teams were constituted
after a high-level meeting of forest department officials decided to
capture PM2 and relocate it deep into the Mudumalai Tiger Reserve.
Forest officials told IANS that the tusker might have crossed the Kerala
border through the elephant pathway in Gudalur, and mingled with a herd of
The forest officials held a meeting at Gene Pool in Nadugani on Tuesday, in
which officials from Gudalur, Pandalur and Nadungani ranges were present.
The meeting decided to constitute one more team of forest officials to
carry out search operation from Wednesday.
The elephant had damaged several houses in Devala and Pandalur regions in
the past two years and has been a habitual troublemaker for the local
Forest officials have also deployed two Kumki elephants to trace and
capture PM2, but it has remained elusive.
A senior forest official in Gudalur told IANS, “Most probably the tusker is
in Kerala now with a herd of elephants. We are expecting it to return to
the Gudalur range on Wednesday or Thursday so that we can capture it and
relocate it in the deep forests.”