Jamshedpur: Herds of wild elephants went on a rampaging spree in the foothill of Dalma close to the steel city on Monday night. Three separate herds of elephants destroyed standing crops inside Dalma wildlife sanctuary, forcing authorities to issue an alert among villagers residing in the foothills..
Authorities distributed crackers among villager of Gumandih, Khokro and Bota to drive away animals from farms.
The elephants, including calves, had moved towards Gumandih, Khokro and Bota from Jhunjka and Jamdih jungles where the herds had been stationed for over a week.
Dalma range officer (West) Dinesh Chandra informed the elephants were still near the villages and they have distributed crackers among villagers. “There are about 60 elephants in three separate herds. They have destroyed standing vegetable crops . Crackers are helpful in driving away jumbos,” he added.
At several parts of the twin districts of Singhbhum, paddy crops were destroyed by herds of tuskers that have begun their annual migration through the villages. Rampaging herds of tuskers in the villages are forcing innocent tribal to spend sleepless nights.
In an area that boasts of a forest cover of 30 percent, the human-animal conflict is major concern of the people. In past one week cases of elephant’s regularly damaging standing crops have shot up.
Concerned over the spate of elephant menace during the past couple of days, the forest department officials in cooperation of the villagers have set up teams for driving away the elephants at the villages which are prone to be invaded by the migratory herds.