Human - Elephant Conflicts: Man and Elephant Dead in Assam's Goalpara
This is the fourth elephant death due to electrocution in recent months.
GOALPARA: In an incident that took place on Thursday, one person was killed after he was attacked by a herd of wild elephants in Assam's Goalpara district. According to officials, one tusker was also electrocuted in the incident.
The incident took place in the Goalpara district's Bandarmatha village, which is part of the Lakhipur Forest Range. The deceased person has been identified as Jugal Barman.
"One person was killed after he was attacked by wild elephants and the herd destroyed at least 25 houses," said the Forest Range Officer after confirming the reports.
The Forest Official further added, "A herd of wild elephants has been taking shelter in the area for the past 2 months. Last night, the wild elephants entered the village and destroyed at least 25 houses and killed a villager. One wild elephant died after it came in contact with a live electric wire. We have tried to run away the herd of wild elephants from the area."
A day before, a body of a wild elephant was discovered in the Sonitpur District of Assam. It was discovered at the Adabari Tea Estate, located near the Balipara region of the district.
In a separate incident, a wild tusker's body was discovered in a paddy field on November 24 in the Joyramkuchi region of the Lakhipur Forest Range in the Goalpara district.
In recent times, there have been numerous wild elephant deaths in Assam. Elephants, wander into areas that are inhabited by humans due to encroachment and the destruction of forest cover. They have less access to food due to cattle grazing in woods and illegal human tree cutting, which causes them to go into homes in quest of sustenance raising conflict between humans and animals as a result, in Assam, this issue has become a serious issue.
Reportedly in October, three deaths of elephants due to electrocution were reported recently. They were in Dholagaon Pathar in Golaghat district, Gorchuk near Guwahati and in the Kaziranga National Park Range after the elephants came in contact with the transmission lines.