Gundlupet: A herd of four elephants which destroyed crops and endangered human lives in Ramanagar and Hassan districts were recently captured by forest officials after huge protests by farmers and villagers living in those areas.
The elephants, which were trapped with help of tamed Dasara elephants were released into Bandipur forest.
On December 22, forest department officials released the first elephant in Moolehole forest range near Maddur.
The second elephant named “rowdy Ranga”, aged 25 was released on December 23 in Bandipur forest reserve after it was brought in a truck. Two other elephants were employed by the departmental officials during release.
Vet Dr. Nagaraju and Moolehole Range Forest Officer (RFO) Nataraju along with forest department staff were present while releasing the second elephant.