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Three kumkis to stay on in Thadagam Valley

Coimbatore: The woodland division is making plans to stay 3 kumkis – Mudumalai, Bomman and Vijay – in the Thadagam Valley for no less than 20 days to prevent wild elephants coming into the woodland fringes and adjoining villages.
Deepak Srivastava, chief conservator of forests, Coimbatore Circle, advised NewsTread that a feminine elephant and its calf were roaming together with Chinnathambi. Now Chinnathambi used to be captured and translocated to the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve. “We are closely tracking the feminine elephant and its calf in the reserve woodland areas and we will be able to push back the wild elephants if they arrive out of the woodland via using kumkis. The 3 kumkis shall be saved at Pannimadai for no less than 20 days,” said Deepak Srivastava.

He said translocation of untamed elephants on my own isn't the solution. “We hope that the crop raiding incidents shall be coming down drastically in the coming days. Two wild elephants Vinayaga and Chinnathambi were leading the herds for raiding crops. Both elephants were translocated. These two elephants had taught the opposite animals to raid crops. Without their management, the crop raiding will come down,” said Deepak Srivastava.

When asked about Chinnathambi’s tusks getting broken whilst it used to be being captured, he said it used to be a big and tough operation. It came about sometimes and such incidents may just no longer be prevented. “If the elephant falls at the flooring, it will even die. We have taken many steps to seize the elephant and supplied it remedy,” he added.

The Farmers Association (non-communal, non-religious and non-political) welcomed the woodland division transfer to translocate the two crop raiding elephants. Mahalakshmi Manoharan, state women wing secretary of the Farmers Association, advised NewsTread that Chinnathambi incessantly raided crops in Kalaiyanur, Thadagam, Kanuvai and plenty of areas. It used to take away roof tiles of houses to get rice. The villagers were fearful of the elephant. “Forest division officers have introduced us reduction. We can not say the crop raiding is over as the two elephants are captured. But we can say that our livelihood shall be protected, and the woodland division has promised that they would push back the wild elephants if they arrive out of the woodland via using kumkis,” said Mahalakshmi.

She blamed environmentalist and said maximum of them were staying in the town and were protected. “We are residing at the woodland fringes and we face the elephant assaults and crop raiding. We love elephants. At the same time, we need to save our livelihood,” she added.

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