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Wild Elephants Cause Havoc in Udupi District Plantations

Wild Elephants Cause Havoc In Udupi District Plantations

Udupi (Karnataka), Jun 19 (PTI): Wild elephants have been roaming freely through densely wooded plantations in Udupi district, causing significant destruction, officials reported on Wednesday.

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The elephants have damaged areca, plantain, and spice plantations in Nellikatte within the Nadpalu Grama Panchayat area in Hebri taluk during the early hours of June 18 and 19. Forest Department officials estimate that two elephants are responsible and are actively pursuing the animals.

The wild elephants have ravaged plantations and uprooted the sprinkler and drip irrigation systems in an estate owned by Meena Poojarti. Villagers fear for their safety, with children being kept from school and farm workers staying indoors. They demand the elephants be tranquilized and relocated to their natural habitats.

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This is reportedly the first time wild elephants have entered human habitations in Hebri taluk, an area known for its dense forest cover. Previously, leopard sightings were the primary concern in these villages.

Historically, elephants followed a predictable route from Sullia to Naravi, but this year’s deviation into Nadpalu village near the Western Ghats has baffled both officials and residents. Range Forest Officer Gaurav confirmed the presence of the elephants and assured that they are being tracked and will soon be relocated to a wildlife sanctuary.

Efforts are ongoing to determine if these elephants are the same ones that roamed through Puttur and Sullia taluks in Dakshina Kannada district earlier last week.

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