Jamshedpur, Feb 25: Around 22 jumbos have so far made their way uphill and are reportedly inside the core area of the 192 sq km Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary.
“As per our study the cool conditions inside the sanctuary has somewhat come down much to the relief of elephants. Other jumbos would also follow suit,” a forester informed, adding it is also a relief for villagers who live in constant fear over the presence of elephants near human habitat.
Trackers, who are mostly village youths recruited a daily wagers to keep tab on movement of animals also spotted elephants moving uphill a couple of days back. “A herd was spotted moving uphill via Bota, the largest jungle inside the sanctuary. The animals have moved to the core area,” one of the tracker said.
The elephants were not willing to move uphill as temperature was around 8 degree C over a week back. But now since the temperature is shooting up, the jumbos have preferred to walk inside their abode.
Forests department has issued alert as elephants are returning to their home in Dalma after spending over seven months in the jungles of West Midnapore and Bankura in neighbouring Bengal.
The forest range office in Mango has alerted the villagers about the returning animals. Crackers have been distributed among the villagers and village youths employed as daily wagers to keep a watch on elephants and other animals put on high alert.
The picturesque environ of Dalma is about to abuzz with activities with over a dozen tuskers assembled in the fringe areas of the sprawling 192 sq km sanctuary.
Abundance of water and fodder had held up jumbos in forest of neighbouring Bengal. Jumbos generally return home to the reserve by the end of February or at the most the first week of March. Notably Dalma is the best elephant habitat of Jharkhand, where the pachyderms love to spend their summer. Dalma used to be pleasing with temperatures less than 30 degrees C. But due to rising mercury over the years the elephants started migration to green pastures The forest department has made arrangements to keep them anchored in Dalma, by providing water and greenery.
“We are keeping an eye on their movement. Two separate herds of about 22 elephants have already returned to the sanctuary while the rest are in the fringe pockets. They may be home anytime,” said an official.