Madikeri: The forest department officials have succeeded in nabbing a wild elephant which had killed two labourers in the recent past, in Beetikadu coffee state in Siddapur area of North Kodagu on November 14.
The people in the area heaved a sigh of relief soon after the wild elephant was nabbed as it used to enter residential habitat during nights creating panic among residents and obstructing their movement in the area.
The forest department officials trying to trace the 20-year-old elephant since 2 days were unsuccessful till this morning. But within few minutes it was trapped by luck more than effort.
During the search operations, forest officials noticed that it was in the company of tamed elephants. They injected tranquiliser and managed to transport it later to Dubare Elephant Training Camp in a truck with the help of other tamed elephants.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests of Wildlife Division Jayaram said, permission has been given to nab four wild elephants in the area. So far the department has succeeded in nabbing two and the rest will be captured in the next few days.
The young elephant had killed a coffee estate woman labourer recently. People in the area had protested urging the forest department to find a solution to the problem.
Many forest department officials and staff were involved in the tracking, trapping and transporting operations.