Trained elephants to drive away the wild
Berhampur (Orissa): Two captive elephants from Orissa along with experts from Assam have reached Ganjam district to chase away wild elephants creating havoc in human habitations.
The showdown would take place in next three to four days when Mahendra and Sobha - the two jumbos - got acquainted with the hill terrains in Ganjam and with the mahunts of Assam, official sources said here today.
A camp was set up by the forest department near Rambha where the two captive elephants stayed in a place known as Kunkis, A K Jena, divisional forest officer, Berhampur, said.
Local people accorded rousing reception to the captive elephants when they reached here from Similipal tiger reserve for the operation yesterday.
"We are happy as the people of the area will be relived from the frequent elephant menace", said panchayat samiti (Ganjam) chairman Surat Pahan.
At least 25 elephants have wrecked havoc in Ganjam, Rambha, Khallikote, Chhatrapur and Purishottampur blocks of the district apparently after migrating from Chandaka sanctuary for food.
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