Maharashtra to lure elephants with 'food stretch' to save crops

  • | Monday | 16th September, 2019

Maharashtra has around nine wild elephants, who move around in the Sindhudurg and Kolhapur. The department is also planning to get help from the Karnataka forest department, which has expertise in managing such conflict. Since 2002, these elephants move from Karnataka to Sindhudurg and Kolhapur for food and water, leading to crop depredations and resultant unrest among farmers. Last year, the forest department recorded 1,127 cases of crop damages by these elephants and paid Rs 1.04 crore as compensation. In February 2015, Maharashtra forest officials, with help from their Karnataka counterparts, had captured three elephants in Sindhudurg.

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