Assam: Wild Elephants Destroy Crops in Several Bighas of Land
The local people mentioned that the animals often venture out of the forest area in search of food and cause massive destruction in the region.
HAMREN: The people of a part of the West Karbi Anglong district of the state are living in constant fear for their lives as wild elephants have wreaked havoc in the locality.
The incident of conflict between the humans and the wild elephants took place in the Matihola village of the Kheroni region of the West Karbi Anglong district of the state. It has been mentioned that a group of wild elephants coming out of the forest area attacked the villagers.
The animals destroyed several houses in the locality. They also destroyed several bighas of sugarcane and rice cultivation. The local people mentioned that the animals often venture out of the forest area in search of food and cause massive destruction in the region. They also blamed the forest department for their inability to control the situation.
Previously also similar incidents were noticed in different parts of the state. Another tragic incident unfolded in the Subankhata area, bringing to the forefront the persistent issue of human-animal conflict. Reports emerged when two individuals ventured into a field and were confronted by a wild elephant. This encounter turned fatal as one person, identified as Haren Boro, lost his life to the relentless assault by the elephant. Meanwhile, another individual, Kalpajyoti Das, made a desperate attempt to save himself by leaping into a nearby river when the colossal animal chased him down. Tragically, this daring escape led to his demise.
The aftermath of this heart-wrenching incident saw the swift response of the forest department officials and local police. They hastened to the scene to recover the lifeless bodies of the victims, underscoring the grim reality of the ongoing conflict between humans and wildlife in Assam. The recurring encounters between humans and elephants in Assam emphasize the urgent need for comprehensive strategies to mitigate this alarming issue. The human-animal conflict poses a significant threat not only to the safety and well-being of local communities but also to the conservation of wildlife.