Erode: Six elephants died in the district
in a month`s span some due to ailments or in accidents besides other reasons, forest officials said Tuesday.
Last year 23 elephants died in the district which was
higher than the previous years, officials said.
But the department has controlled the poaching of
elephants, they said.
There are about 1200-odd elephants in the Erode and
Sathyamangalam forest divisions.
Listing the dead elephants, officials said on January 5,
forest personnel noticed carcasses of a 20-year-old female and
its two-month old male calf in the Chennampatty forest range
The officials said the death was due to some disease following the animals` immune system failing.
Similarly on the same day, officials noticed a highly
decomposed carcass of an elephant at Vattamalai in
Kothamangalam forest range area.The veterinary doctor
concluded that it might have died of attack by tigers or
panthers whose population is high in the range.
Another elephant was also found dead in the Anthiyur
forest area due to formation of worms in its stomach.
On January 27, a female elephant was run over by a bus
when it tried to cross the National Highway at Hassanure and
two days later, a tusker was gored to death by another
elephant in Thalamalai forests.
Conservator of Forests D.Arun said steps have been taken
to provide necessary water and other food for the elephants
and trenches are being dug to prevent them from entering
private lands and causing damage to crops.
Drivers of vehicles have been advised to reduce speed if
they notice any elephant herd crossing the road in the forest
ranges. Action would be taken against drivers who knock down
elephants, he said.