Deforestation leading to man-elephant conflict in south Kamrup
From a Correspondent
Boko, Jan 9: In recent times, conflict between man and elephant has increased in south Kamrup. Everyday, more than 100 villages witness the terror of elephants which was not common in this area.
There were thick forests in the area, especially along the Assam-Meghalaya border. But in the last 10 years timber smugglers destroyed the area and thick forests were cut down to build villages and rubber gardens. Around 100 big trees are cut down by smugglers almost every day. However, the Boko and Singra forest range offices have allegedly not taken any steps to prevent timber smuggling.
When one travels from Boko to Lampi, near the Assam-Meghalaya border, one can see daily 100 logs of wood lying on the road and later these are transported to Meghalaya or to Goraimari, Sontoli, Sampupara and Samaria. Small trees are also also cut down and converted to charcoal. In the process, the tural food habitat of elephants have totally vanished , thus forcing the jumbos to venture out into the villagers, destroying crops and property in search of food.