Elephants enter residential area in Pathri, residents spend sleepless night
An operation was launched by the forest department on Tuesday to free ten members of a herd of elephants who lost their way and got trapped in farms of the Misserpur village of Pathri area in Haridwar. The elephants had entered the area on Monday night and the villagers had to avoid the jumbos to save their lives. The pachyderms moved around the whole night in the residential area surroundings and only in the morning could they be sent towards the forest area.
Farmers who went to their fields in the wee hours on Tuesday informed the forest department of the pachyderms in the area. Ranger of Haridwar forest division Dinesh Naudiyal told The Pioneer, “We were working to move out the elephants safely from the fields for which the rescue operation was launched. Ten elephants had got separated from their herd and reached the Misserpur village of Pathri area. Having lost their way, they could not return to the forest. On receiving the information from the villagers, we rushed to the spot. A team was called from Dehradun with rifles and after an hour of firing in the air, the elephants left for the forest area.”
According to the wildlife experts, Pathri area is a common corridor of elephants coming from Shyampur forest range of Rajaji National Park and Tiger Reserve. Pathri has become densely populated in recent times and the sugarcane fields attract the pachyderms. They usually cross the park in late evenings and return during the early hours in the morning.
The sub divisional officer of Haridwar forest division Sant Ram said, “Three deputy rangers, forest guards and a team from wildlife were deployed to check movements of the elephants as they could enter in the residential areas of the village and adjoining places. After an hour of firing in the air, the elephants went back.”
Wednesday, 24 April 2019 | PNS | Haridwar
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