Kumki elephants to be deployed to capture rogue

Kumki (tamed) elephants are being roped in by authorities to capture a rogue elephant, which has been creating havoc in Madukkarai area on the city outskirts for the last one year. Coimbatore District Collector Archana Patnaik today convened a meeting to discuss the strategy to capture and translocate the rogue elephant. She discussed the issue with officials,including District Forest Officer K Periyasami and District Revenue Officer, Christ Raj, officials said.

Based on complaints from the public,particularly farmers, the Principal Chief Conservator of Forests had ordered translocation of the elephant, which has killed at least three persons and destroyed agriculture produce worth lakhs. Accordingly, Senior Forest Department officials and veterinarians from Coimbatore and Nilgiris district were deputed to the range yesterday to commence operations. In the meantime, one more Kumki (trained elephant), Paari from Chadivayal camp in the district today joined another Kumki, Vijay, aged 45 years brought yesterday from Mudumalai Tiger Reserve in Nilgiris district, for the purpose, they said.

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