`Rogue` tusker attacks female elephant
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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 17:41
Dehradun: After killing six persons over the last two months, a rogue tusker prowling Uttarakhand's Narendranagar-Rishikesh forest division attacked a female elephant which was brought from the Jim Corbett National park for the combing operation.

The female elephant, Gomti, was badly injured in the nearly half an hour attack, which took place at Sushila Tiwari herbal garden near here last night, said forest officials.

A team of wildlife experts rushed to the spot and fired a tranquiliser at the 50-year-old pachyderm but it managed to escape.

"We are trying to track the location of the tusker. This time we are hopeful of capturing it alive by giving a slightly higher doze of sedative," said DVS Khati, Chief Conservator of Forests, Garhwal division.

Along with Gomti, two other elephants have been brought from Jim Corbett National park to track down the rogue tusker, he said.

Meanwhile, the tusker has caused panic around the Rishikesh-Narendranagar forest division, with surrounding areas wearing a deserted look towards dusk.

Uttarakhand Chief Wildlife Warden SS Sharma had issued orders on November 9 to kill the elephant amid mounting protests by locals in the area.

However, some animal rights activists petitioned against this move, following which Sharma asked forest authorities to tranquilise the tusker and shift it to Rajaji National Park instead.


First Published: Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 17:41

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