Friday, July 06, 2018

Wild elephant kills woman in Sunsari



Inaruwa –A woman died in an elephant attack at Baraha municipality of Sunsari district this morning.
The deceased has been identified as Bhuniyadevi Chaudhary, 50, of Dholbhanjyang at Baraha municipality-9, according to the District Police Office, Sunsari.The elephant came from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve had attacked Chaudhary on Sunday when she was sitting at cowshed.

Critically injured Chaudhary died while undergoing treatment at Dharan-based BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, said police.Deputy Superintendent of Police of Sunsari, Narayan Prasad Ghimire, said that investigation into the case was underway.


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Sunday, June 10, 2018

6 kg of ivory bound for Nepal seized in Assam



The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) Guwahati zonal unit has seized ivory weighing about 6 kg from two persons, including a contractual railway employee, near Guwahati Railway Station.

DRI officials said that this confirmed an elephant tusk smuggling trail from within a certain radius of Assam’s Kaziranga National Park to Nepal via the Chicken’s Neck corridor in West Bengal.

Wildlife crime investigators had a whiff of this trail when DRI detectives seized 12.41 kg of ivory from a bus in northern West Bengal’s Siliguri town on February 15.

“Acting on a tip-off, our officials caught two persons near Guwahati Railway Station about 1 p.m. on Saturday and seized 24 pieces of ivory weight 5.838 kg from them,” a DRI officer who declined to be identified said.


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Assam: DRI seized 24 pieces of ivory from a railway employee



The directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI) on Sunday sleuths seized 24 pieces of ivory here while a contractual railway employee was collecting them here on Saturday.

The consignment, weighing around 5.838kg, was seized near Guwahati railway station around 1pm when Suraj Kumar Das, a coach attendant of Saraighat Express, was collecting it from Badrul Hussain in central Assam’s Hojai district.

“Interrogation of the duo revealed that Hussain picked up the packets containing the ivory from a person at Hojai for delivery to Das, who would deliver it to another person at New Jalpaiguri, for smuggling to Nepal through the border in north Bengal,” The Telegraph quoted a DRI official as saying. Das and Hussain were arrested.

Wildlife officials confirmed the tusks were extracted after killing at least five adult and sub-adult elephants, and since the ivory was sourced from Hojai, it is likely the elephants were killed in Karbi Anglong.

It is a known fact that endangered species are regularly being slaughtered for their parts, especially because of the rising demand in the international market, a DRI statement said.

The directorate had seized 12.410kg ivory in February from a bus at Siliguri, which was sourced from Lakhimpur district in Upper Assam.

“Investigation to unearth the masterminds behind the gang of poachers and smugglers of animal parts is in progress,” it said

According to the Synchronised Elephant Population Estimation India 2017, the Northeast is home to 10,139 elephants, of which Assam has 5,719, with the state having 0.23 elephants per square kilometre. The Karbi Anglong hills border Kaziranga National Park, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

“There is an urgent need of a concerted effort to fight wildlife crime, which has environmental, social and economic ramifications. DRI is committed to combating such crime and we have seized wildlife articles such as red sanders, star tortoises and other species of turtles, deer antlers, tiger and leopard skins,” the statement said.


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Friday, June 08, 2018

Willingness to pay for mitigating human-elephant conflict by residents of Nepal



Human-elephant Conflict (HEC) is a significant problem in Nepal, with approximately two-thirds of households being impacted by elephants (Elephas maximus), particularly during the winter. In addition to elephant casualties, more than 10% of the households surveyed have had human casualties (injury or death) during the past 5 years. This study evaluates the economic viability of elephant conservation in Nepal within the context of current and proposed HEC mitigation scenarios. Face-to-face interviews were carried out using a structured questionnaire to elicit the residents’ willingness to pay (WTP) for elephant conservation and HEC mitigation programs using seemingly unrelated regression (SUR). Residents’ WTP was found to be positively related to income and education, and negatively related to damage-related programs. Local stakeholders were willing to pay about 42% more to programs that were economically transparent and improved upon existing management. Residents’ WTP were also greater if they have had previous HEC-related injuries or deaths.


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Nepal, India plan to run joint operation to control wildlife poaching



Kathmandu [Nepal], May 22 (ANI): In order to control wildlife poaching and trafficking of animal parts, Nepal and India are planning to carry out a joint operation.
The operation is to be conducted in Shuklaphanta National Park in Kanchanpur district on Nepal's side and Krishnapur Wildlife Sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh.
This move comes after both the sides realised that the two reserves are contagious to each other.
The chief of National Trust for Nature Conservation, Kanchanpur office, Anil Prasain, said this decision was taken at a joint security meeting held at Haldwani, Uttarakhand, as per Kathmandu Post.
It was decided that there should be a regular surveillance at the border crossings to build a network to share information. It was also agreed that both India and Nepal will conduct joint patrol at bordering forest areas.
According to Kathmandu Post, the two sides also agreed to manage the wildlife corridors at Brahmadev and Laljhadi to ease the movement of animals, particularly elephants. (ANI)


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Sunday, May 06, 2018

Ten jumbos from Karnataka to help conservation at UP’s Dudhwa



New Delhi: With a new rhino area to monitor and rising man-animal conflict to control, Uttar Pradesh’s Dudhwa National Park will get ten elephants from Karnataka to deal with the situation.

According to a recent report, over 156 people were killed or injured between 2000 and 2013 due to man-animal conflict in the Dudhwa-Pilibhit area. With big cats frequently venturing out or around the buffer area which is full of villages, the forest department needed more elephants.

Situated next to the porous Indo-Nepal border, Dudhwa also has a new rhino rehabilitation centre where four rhinos were relocated. The forest department requires two elephant units for better monitoring of the new rhino area spread over 21 sq km.

The elephants will join 13 elephants already stationed at Dudhwa for patrolling and monitoring. They will cover about 2,500 km in a convoy of trucks carrying elephants and food under the supervision of vets and foresters, officials said.

“Basically the primary function is patrolling along the Indo-Nepal border where foot and jeep patrolling is next to impossible… apart from that some elephants will be shifted to buffer area where man-animal conflict is high,” Dudhwa National Park Director Sunil Choudhary said.

Choudhary and his deputy Mahaveer Kaujalagi said that keeping the warm weather in mind, they are avoiding travel during the day time.

The transfer is a goodwill gesture from the Karnataka Forest Department that had earlier this year also sent elephants to Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal.

“There are over 105 elephants in eight different camps. This is the first time Karnataka is giving elephants to other states strictly to aid the states with their conservation plans,” Karnataka Forest Department Principal Chief Conservator of Forests Jayaram said.

Able to venture deep into the forests, elephants are the key for better monitoring in order to check wildlife crime, according to Dudhwa Deputy Director Mahaveer Kaujalagi.

Earlier this year, Dudhwa received its first sniffer dog.

“The new rhino area needs active monitoring and man-animal conflict has to be mitigated, all this increased pressure on the existing elephant units here. Ten more of these will help us conserve in a better manner,” said Kaujalagi.

Home to a highly diverse ecosystem at the heart of the Terai region bordering Nepal, Dudhwa has several endangered animals, including tigers, elephants, Indian rhino, leopard, barasingha (swamp deer), sloth bear and others.

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Indian border force dismantles electric fence on Nepal side

Apr 28, 2018-The Indian Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) has uprooted the electric fence installed at Punarbas, a village in Kanchanpur that shares border with India. Sharada Bista, the deputy mayor of Punarabas Municipality, said the SSB men on Wednesday entered the Nepali territory and dismantled the fence that was installed to keep off wild elephants from entering the border settlements.

Wild elephants from Dudhuwa National Park in India have long been troubling the people living along the border in the district. Keshav Prasad Timilsina, a Punarbas local, said they had recently completed installing the fence.

Superintendent of Police Dilliraj Bista said the fence installation work has been stopped for the time being as the district authority is planning to conduct a border survey from a joint team of the two countries to settle the long-standing territory dispute at Punarbas.

Last year, a man from Punarbas-8 had died when the Indian border security force opened fire at the villagers over a dispute of culvert construction close to the border.



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Tusker terror keeps locals awake all night



The villagers are keeping vigil at night due to the fear of wild tuskers’ possible attack. Dozens of people had lost their lives after the wild elephants from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve had entered into the human settlements and attacked them.

Durga Devi Yadav, 45, of Kanchanrup Municipality died after the wild tusker attacked her while she was asleep yesterday night, said police. A local, Sallam Shek from Theliya said that the villagers could not sleep fearing elephant attack.

Uttam Acharya of Rupnagar said the authority concerned had taken no initiatives to protect the people from the attack of wild elephants even though many people had already lost their lives. The locals of Phattepur, Kanchanpur, Ghoghanpur, Bairaba, Badagama, Jagatpur, Rupnagar, Bhardaha, Kamalpur, Odraha, Theliya, Mahuli and Hamumannagar are compelled to live in fear and spend sleepless nights.

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Highway disruption against Dhrube’s menace continues



Chitwan, (RSS): The Bharatpur-Madi-Thori postal highway has been disrupted since this morning following a protest of locals against the menace of the wild elephant named Dhrube.

The pachyderm on Sunday night demolished five houses at Khadgauli of Bharatpur Metropolitan City-23, enraging locals who decided to take to the street demanding compensation from the Chitwan National Park (CNP) administration for the losses. They closed the highway from 2:00 pm to 6:00 pm Sunday as well at Ghailaghari that lies near the entrance to the CNP.

Families of Ram Bahadur Darai, Shanta Kumar Darai, Buddiram Darai, Mayaram Darai and Magara Darai have become homeless with the elephant destroying their houses, said Nepal Darai Upliftment Society, Town Upliftment Committee. The society has supported the protest.Chitwan’s Chief District Officer, Narayan Prasad Bhatta, said the CNP administration was already directed to address the issues and ensure the resumption of the highway.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Jumbo menace rattles villagers near India-Nepal border



Residents of at least half a dozen villages in Champawat’s Tanakpur are spending sleepless night due to marauding herd of wild elephants in the region that forage through standing crop and fruit orchards. Villagers say that they are forced to stay awake at night to drive away the wild herds to save their crops and dwellings. Over the last one year, residents of villages in the region, including Thwalkhera, Khetkhera, Gaindakhali, Naya Goth, Kakrali gate, Uchauligoth and Bastia lived in fear of a tiger that was reported to roaming the region surrounded by dense forest on one side and the other by the India-Nepal border. Four women from the Kakrali gate, Thawalkhera, Naya Goth and Bastia were allegedly mauled to death by the big cats in less than a year while collecting fodder and firewood in the forest, villagers say. This apart, villagers have lost a number of livestock that fell prey to the big cats, some of them say. Following the increase in the incidents of man-animal conflicts in the region, forest officials placed cages and camera traps to catch the big cats in Sharda and Boom range but have failed to capture the tiger, villagers say, and add that forest officials do not respond to their desperate calls for help. Satish pandey, a villager, says, “Whenever we inform the forest officials, they don’t turn up in time to chase the elephant herds so we ourselves, have to ward off the animals by beating drums and utensils or bursting crackers.” “The forest watch and ward staff do not patrol region.” Tanakpur sub divisional officer Rajesh Srivastva, however, says that the villages fall in the periphery of an elephant corridor, which starts from the Rajaji Tiger Reserve to the western parts of Nepal. “Movements of pachyderms along the villages that fall on the elephant corridor are considered quite common.” He, however, says that the elephants do not enter the villages in search of fodder as it is in abundance in the forest. “Elephants by nature migrate from one place to another are known to destroy whatever comes on the way as it is the behavioral instinct of elephants.”.

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After 27 year wait, rhino rehabilitation finally happens in Dudhwa



 
After waiting for 27 long years, India has finally got a sedating drug, and used it to rehabilitate four single-horned rhinos, paving the way for conservation of one of the most endangered species, found only in India and Nepal.

On Friday, in a historic conservation effort, foresters at Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh, successfully rehabilitated the rhinos for the second time here.

Officials, with the help of volunteers of WWF and Wildlife Trust of India (WTI), rehabilitated three female and one male rhino in a 13.5 sq km enclosed area of in the forest's Belraya Range, some 15 km from the present 24 sq km Sonaripur Range enclosure, where 34 adult rhinos thrive.

The rehabilitation programme was stuck since 1991, due to want of a sedating drug which is banned in India. The key drug -- M99 -- is used to immobilise large animals like rhinos.

"It was a very long wait, but we had to take some bold decisions as to ensure it was not delayed any more. This is historic event and key to conservation of Indian rhinos," Dudhwa National Park Director Sunil Choudhary told IANS on the phone.

The drug was important because rhinos, as a routine, are not tranquilised since they cannot be left in that state for longer than 60 minutes, Chaudhary added.

"We finally got the drug. We imported it from South Africa earlier this year and had been gearing up for this days since then," Mahaveer Kaujalagi, Deputy Director, Dudhwa National Park told IANS on the phone.

He added that the male rhino, aged around 10, and the three females aged 9 to 13 were carefully selected and have good breeding potential.

For monitoring purposes, an elephant squad consisting two elephants and seven to eight volunteers has been permanently stationed in the new enclosure has been ringed by solar-powered fencing, an official said.

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Monday, March 26, 2018

Lung disease rate declines in Nepal Terai elephants


Kathmandu, Mar 25 (UNI) The incidence of tuberculosis (TB) among domesticated elephants in the Terai region has slowly declined, a senior veterinarian has claimed, according to a report in Th Kathmandu post on Sunday.

Speaking to the Post, Chitwan National Park (CNP) Senior Veterinary Dr Kamal Gaire said, “The rate of TB infection among elephants has come under control compared to previous years.
Complete eradication of TB is not possible in a short span of time, but we have made significant progress so far in the last few years.

Saturday marked the World Tuberculosis Day.

TB was once a major health hazard for elephants domesticated by private owners and government departments.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Four rhinos from Dudhwa National Park to be shifted to Dudhwa Tiger Reserve

Lakhimpur Kheri: A plan is afoot to translocate Greater Indian Rhinoceros from to Dudhwa National Park to Dudhwa Tiger Reserve.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF) country coordinator for Rhino conservation in Kaziranga national Park in Assam Amit Sharma will be leading the rhino translocation project to Dudhwa Tiger Reserve . He was in Dudhwa on Saturday to finalize the details.

Rhinos were reintroduced from Assam to Dudhwa way back in 1984 for protection of the species. Now, officials are aiming to get four rhinos from Dudhwa National Park — one male and three females — to Belraya range of Dudhwa Tiger Reserve. Belraya range has been found to be suitable for rhinos as it has enough swamps and grasslands.

Deputy director of Dudhwa Mahaveer Kaujalgi said TOI, “We are in the final stage of rhino translocation programme and everything has been decided. WWF’s Amit Sharma will arrive here for tranquilizing the rhinos and thereafter they will be shifted on trucks. The enclosure and other required infrastructure has also built in Belraya for smooth transition. The shifting of rhinos will be done between April 23 and 29.”

The drug to tranquilize the rhinos has been imported with special permission by WWF.

The Indian single-horned rhino is listed as ‘vulnerable’ in the IUCN Red List. Today, its population has dwindled to about 2,700 across India and Nepal. Indian rhino is also included in schedule-I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

According to experts, there was a time when this giant herbivore was found in the flood plains of the Indus, Ganges and Brahmaputra river. However, they disappeared over time and are found in Nepal and Assam.

Dudhwa is the only place where rhinos were reintroduced in 1984. According to sources, six rhinos were captured near Pobitara Wildlife Sanctuary in Assam under the reintroduction programme. The South Sonaripur range of Dudhwa was selected for the purpose. Of these one died in Guwahati zoo and two males and three females were translocated to Dudhwa. At Dudhwa, the animals were kept in stockades and then released. Of the five animals, one female died before it could be released. The first batch of animals was released in Dudhwa in April 1984. The large male was held back until the others had settled down and released a few days later. Another female died on July 31, 1984.

With only one female and two males left, an urgent need was felt to translocate some more rhinos. It was then that the government of Nepal was approached and four young adult female rhinos were brought in exchange for 16 elephants in 1985. The rhinos captured from near Chitwan National Park in Nepal arrived in Dudhwa in April 1985. Thus, these seven rhinos, two males and five females made up the seed population.

According to a study by WWF, these herbivores are considered to be natural levelers of land and are known to help in seed dispersion of large forest trees from forested areas to grasslands.


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Sunday, March 18, 2018

Elephant tusk seized in Bengal's Siliguri, two arrested

Three pieces of an elephant tusk were seized in West Bengal's Siliguri by DRI officials and two persons arrested, an official said on Monday. The elephant tusk was carried from Assam to Siliguri for smuggling out to Nepal, said the official of Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI).

"Based on specific intelligence input that an elephant tusk would be carried from Assam to Siliguri on a private bus for smuggling to Nepal, officers of DRI intercepted the vehicle in the Mallaguri area in the early Thursday," a statement said. The tusk, weighing 12.41 kg, has a total length of 0.86 metre and a girth of 0.36 metre and it was cut into three pieces for ease of packaging and transportation, the DRI official said.

"The two drivers of the vehicle confessed to carrying the elephant tusk at the behest of one person, a resident of Kolkata, for smuggling into Nepal," it said. "The elephant tusk was seized and the two drivers - Saiful Islam, 45, from Assam's Dejoo and Santosh Pradhan, 35, of Siliguri were arrested for smuggling of wildlife parts," the DRI said.

Preliminary investigations revealed that the elephant was poached in the forested areas of Arunachal Pradesh or Assam 5-6 months ago, it said.

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Wild elephant menace in Kanchanpur village

Wild elephants straying from the Shuklaphanta National Park are wrecking havoc in the adjacent villages, said the locals.

Recently on Thursday night, a herd of the tuskers entered the settlement of Pipaladi in Shuklaphanta municipality-3, and destroyed houses of the locals and ripen wheat crops on around 31 bighas of farmland, said they said. The loss estimation is around Rs 1.5 million.

A week ago, the pachyderms demolished at least 21 human huts set up in the Park area, said a local
Chuluwa Chaudhary, adding that the locals, in some cases, are forced to spend sleepless nights due to fear of elephant attacks.

In a bid to ward off the wild animals, the locals have come up with traditional means like whistle-blowing but with little effects.

When asked, Narendra Prasad Chaudhary, mayor of the municipality, said fencing the village with electric barbed wires has started to prevent wild elephants from entering the settlements.

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Wild elephants claim lives of two in Jhapa

Surunga, Jhapa, Feb, 24 (RSS): Two persons were killed at Birtamod-7 in Jhapa district in wild elephants’ attacks.

The Area Police Office, Birtamod, said that 70-year-old Chyangra Rajbansi and Lasune Miyan, 70, of Birtamod Municipality died in the attack of the tuskers at 12:00 this noon.

Deputy Superintendent of Police Krishna Koirala said that the elephants trampled the two inside a community forest, as they were collecting firewood.

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Farmers quiver as tuskers wreck crops and property

Mar 5, 2018-A herd of wild elephants has been wreaking havoc at Punarbas Municipality in Kanchanpur district near the Indian border for the past one week.

The marauding wild tuskers destroyed 38 houses and damaged crops in fields located in Punarbas Municipality. The local people are in panic due to the elephant menace in the area. “There was reign of terror when a herd of elephants entered the settlement in Punarbas-9  around 10pm on Saturday and wreaked havoc for three hours. Wheat planted in about five bighas of land was completely destroyed,” said Keshav Prasad Timilsina, a local who is also the chairman of ‘elephant victim struggle committee’.

The farmers are very worried now as the elephants damage wheat crop that is ready for harvest.

Elephant menace is a recurring problem in Punarbas area every year. The tuskers from Dudhuwa National Park in India and Shuklaphanta National Park (SNP) enter the settlements and cause havoc.
The local people, especially the farmers and owner of non-concrete houses, have been greatly affected due to the problem.

Similarly, wards No 3, 5 of Punarbas that abut with the SNP are also affected. The tuskers from the park enter the settlement and damage the corps.

“Thirty-eight non-concrete houses were completely destroyed in the municipality in the past few days. Wheat and sugarcane planted in more than 25 bighas of land were also damaged,” said Mayor Dil Bahadur Air. He said that Nepal Red Cross district chapter and Jhali branch provided tarpaulins and kitchen utensils to the victims. The municipality said it provided Rs 2,000 to each family whose crops were destroyed by the tuskers.  

Electric fence was set up in Punarbas area with the help of the District Forest Office, National Trust for Nature Conservation, the SNP and Tarai Arch Landscape Programme. The locals complained that the electric fence was damaged in some places and they are not repaired so far. “The tuskers entered from those places and run amok,” said Timilsina. 

Mayor Air said that the municipality has allocated Rs 1.5 million budget this year to install and repair electric fence in the affected areas. “We will soon install the fence with the support of other agencies,” he added.

The mayor said the municipality is planning to install halogen lights to control the entry of the tuskers for the time being.

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Tuskers terrorise human settlement in Sindhuli

  • SINDHULI: Wild tuskers’ rampage has terrorised the locals in Sindhuli for over a month. Locals have been fearful with the wild elephants entering into human settlement during the evening and night times.
This has compelled people to stay awake throughout the nights.

A herd of five wild elephants was seen in the market area of Sindhuli on Thursday morning.

The wild elephants had caused damages to a house in Bhiman last night and a team of police personnel has been mobilised there for security, said Chief District Officer Janak Raj Dahal.

Loss of property will be assessed and made public once the police team reaches there, he added.


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Stray elephants destroy crops, triggers panic in Bihar

Araria (Bihar), Mar 10 (PTI) A herd of elephants strayed into villages in Araria district situated along the Indo-Nepal border, triggering panic among local people and destroying crops, a forest official said.

The elephants, said to be about half a dozen in number, were spotted in Sikti police station area where they are destroying acres of standing wheat and maize crops, District Forest Officer D K Das said.

Local residents ran helter skelter, leading to a stampede-like situation in which at least two people were injured, he said.

He said the elephants appeared to have come from the jungles along the Indo-Nepal border and forest department officials have been deployed to chase the pachyderms out of the inhabited areas.


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Tuskers terrorise Araria villagers, injure 2 minors

ARARIA: Two minors were severely injured by a herd of six wild elephants at Barmasia village under Sikti block in Araria district on Friday.

Forest officials said the rampage by the wild tuskers has been going on from past three months, ever since they entered from adjoining forests in Nepal to Kishanganj and Araria and killed three persons.

 Residents of almost all panchayats of Dighalbank block in Kishanganj district have complained that the elephants destroyed standing maize crop in the fields. The worst affected villages include Dhantola, Karubamini, Athgachhia, Uttar Korehili, Banswari, Surivitta, Barahbhang, Talwar Bandh and Chahatpur.

Forest officials said the elephants have destroyed standing maize crops and injured people in Simalbani and Kuchha villages under Sikti block of Araria district.

“The elephants keep coming back from Nepal even after they are made to run away from here through burning of firecrackers. The arrival of elephants in these villages is due to deforestation in adjoining areas of Nepal. Widespread cultivation of maize crop in the villages in Araria and Kishanganj districts is also luring the tuskers,” Araria district forest officer (DFO) Dinesh Chandra Das, who is camping at Kuraihily village in the district from past few days, said. 

Officials said the standing maize crop, its green leaves and selves attract the elephants. “Three farmers have been trampled by the elephants over the last one month. The elephants have destroyed more than 100 acres of standing maize crop in villages along Indo-Nepal border in Kishanganj district,” Das said. He warned villagers against clicking selfies near the elephants.

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Tuskers kill 2, terror among locals

Locals of Pathari and areas of Kanchanrup Municipality are living in fear after 2 women were killed in a tusker attack on Tuesday afternoon. The elephants had strayed into the human settlement from Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve.

Manju Devi Sah, 35 and Durgi Devi Mukhiya, 45, of Pathari were killed when the wild beast attacked them while they were collecting fodder. “The villagers are living in constant fear of wild elephants that stray into human settlements from Koshi Tappu time and again,” said Hari Mukhiya, a local.

“As many as 6 persons were killed in the attacks last year while 49 houses and crops cultivated in more than 100 bigha have been destroyed by wild elephants in the past 6 months,” said Ram Krishna Yadav, another local.

Elephant Victims Struggle Committee Coordinator Bachchalal Mandal said the authority had decided to erect electric fences around the conservation area to prevent the protected animals.

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Wild elephants run amok in the East

Feb 16, 2018-Wild elephant menace in eastern Nepal has risen in recent times. Six persons have died after being attacked by the elephants from the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve in the running fiscal year, according to the reserve officials.

Chief conservation officer Shyam Kumar Sah said the number of elephant-caused human deaths in the first seven months of the current fiscal year, from mid-July 2017 onwards, accounts for nearly 50 percent of the fatalities recorded since 2008. 
Manju Devi Sah, 35, and Durgi Devi Mukhiya, 45, of Kanchanarup Municipality-5, Saptari, became the latest casualties on Tuesday--the first ever inside the reserve’s territory. 

“The two women were killed 2km inside the western post of the reserve. They had entered the forest to collect firewood,”said Shyam Kumar.  Between 2008 and the first half of 2017, the reserve recorded nine cases of human deaths in elephant attacks. 
Six deaths in the past seven months, from July 2017 till February 2018, is a clear indicator that the incidents of human-elephant conflict have gone up significantly. The reserve officials attribute this to the increased human activities near the protected area.  

“We have been discouraging locals from venturing inside the reserve to collect firewood and fodder, but our advice has gone unheeded,” said Shyam Kumar.  The reserve is spread across 176 sq km covering the districts of Sunsari, Saptari and Udayapur. The cases of human-elephant conflict are high in Saptari. 

Wild tuskers have been wreaking destruction in Odraha, Portaha, Bhardaha, Bairawa, Kankalini Hanumannagar, Fattepur, Rupnagar, Dharampur, Jagatpur and Mahuli villages of Saptari for years now.

Fences built at different places to stop elephants from entering human settlements has not made much of a difference. The reserve officials say most elephants stray inside human settlements in search of food. 

“With the rise in human population, we have settlements expanding everywhere. Forest and vegetation covers are rapidly shrinking, causing elephants and other wildlife to enter human settlements in search of food,” said Shyam Kumar.


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Thursday, March 15, 2018

Elephant behind six deaths gets radio collar

GULARIYA:  The Bardiya National Park (BNP) has installed a radio collar to a marauding wild elephant in a bid to track its movement and prevent it from entering the human settlements.

The BNP team on Sunday fixed the GPS-equipped collar on the wild tusker named Jangali that killed six persons in Bardiya last year.

“The constant emission of radio signals from the device will enable us to track the animal’s movement. It helps to chase away the tusker immediately after it strays out of the park forest,” said acting Chief Conservation Officer Ashok Kumar Bhandari.

The BNP team darted the elephant as it entered Dakela village in the buffer zone of the BNP. Rangers from the BNP, officials from the National Trust of Nature Conservation and Nepal Army were involved in installing the radio collar. The pachyderm was later released in the BNP forest.

The BNP administration are planning to install the radio collar on another wild elephant believed to have entered the human settlements. The wild elephants from the BNP and Katarniaghat Wildlife Sanctuary of India had entered the settlements in Thakurbaba and Barbardiya municipalities and wreaked havoc a month ago. They destroyed more than two dozen houses and damaged wheat planted in hectares of land in the area.

Local people complain that the authorities concerned paid no heed to their repeated requests for stopping the recurring menace of wild animals. They have been demanding that an electric fence be installed to prevent the wild elephants from entering the settlements.

As per the data available at the BNP, 36 people were killed by wild elephants in Bardiya district in the past 18 years.

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Friday, March 02, 2018

Forest path being constructed for stopping elephant menace

BANIYANI, JHAPA — Construction of footpath has started in the forest areas around Bhadrapur Municipality in Jhapa district in a bid to controlling the wild elephant menace.

The forest trail is being constructed in the forest at Ward Nos. 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the municipality, said Kajiman Rai, the chief administrative officer of the Municipality. The municipality has allocated Rs 5.5 million for the construction of the forest path in the fiscal year 2017/18.

Mayor Jeevan Kumar Shrestha said attractive and safe trail is being constructed linking the community forests at various municipality wards also keeping in mind the possibility of tourism development.

Works on construction of the forest path have been started from Dasrathpur community forest at Ward No. 1 of the municipality. Mayor Shrestha said the path would be constructed in such a way that there would be no risk of wild elephants as wire fence would be constructed on both sides of the road to prevent their entry.

The forest path will connect the municipality wards from Ward No. 1 to 4.

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Tusker menace terrorises Jhapa locals

BHADRAPUR, JHAPA — Wild elephant menace has taken its toll in the east southern area of Jhapa district throwing the locals into a terror. According to available data, at least 28 people were killed in elephant attacks in the district in the past seven years, and many others injured.

They also destroy houses and ripen crops, said a local. At present a herd of around 13 elephants strays from Assam in India into places like Jyamirgadhi, Duwagadhi, Chandragadhi, Garamani, Haldibari Jalthal, Prithivinagar, Baluwabadi, Kechana, Pathariya and Gherabari, and destroys crops, he added.

Millions of rupees worth of crops and banana farming have been destroyed in elephant rampages so far, said a local Chuda Raj Bhattarai of Kachanakabal-3.

He said the locals are forced to sleepless nights in an attempt to save their crops from elephants.

Despite the elephant menace going on for a decade, no concrete steps have been taken to resolve the problem.

The locals accused the government and other concerned authorities of being apathetic towards their woes. The District Forest Office however has started fencing the affected areas with solar barbed wire to control the elephant menace.

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Wild tusker claims one in Ilam

MANGALBARE — A person was killed after a wild elephant attacked him on Sunday in Chulachuli Rural Municipality-3, Ilam.

The District Police Office, Ilam, said that Somnath Bhandari, 52, of Peltimari village in Chulachuli succumbed to injuries. He died on the way to hospital in Jhapa district after the elephant attack.

It is said that the wild elephant attacked Bhandari when he was irrigating his farm. The wild elephants have ramped in the area by destroying the houses of locals and damaging the crops since last couple of weeks.

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Monday, December 11, 2017

Five arrested over elephant killing in Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan police have arrested five men for allegedly killing a wild elephant, with officers seizing ivory and tusk-cutting tools, officials said Friday. Villagers in the island’s northwest had alerted wildlife authorities after a popular local elephant called “Dala Poottuwa”, or crossed tusker, disappeared.

Its carcass was later found with a bullet wound in the skull. Authorities broke up what they say is a poaching network as part of their investigation, charging five men with killing the elephant. “They had in their possession several tools used to cut tusks (and) two ivory pendants,” said police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera.

Elephants are protected under Sri Lankan law and poachers can face the death penalty for killing one. Tusked elephants are rare in Sri Lanka, accounting for less than five per cent of the island’s estimated elephant population of around 6000. That figure has declined from the last official census of the island’s elephants, which identified more than 7300 animals.

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Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Two held with silver and elephant tail hair

Police have arrested two people for possessing illegal silver and elephant hair tufts from Bardibas in Mahottari district today.

Bisraj Tiwari of Tikapur municipality, Kailali district and Laxmi Koirala of Tilaknagar-1, Kalikot district were arrested along with 9.400 kilogrammes of silver ornaments and 15 thousand 100 units of what appeared to be elephant hair, Deputy Superintendent at the Area Police Office, Prabin Pokharel, said.

Tiwari and Koirala were arrested from Sishmahal Hotel at Bardibas, acting on a tip-off. Both are being held at the Area Police Office, Bardibas for investigation, according to police.

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Wild elephant kills 35-yr-old man in Nepal

A wild elephant in Nepal killed a 35-year-old man who had attempted to chase it away, police said Wednesday.The man was among a group of villagers, who late Tuesday tried to chase away a herd of four wild elephants in the village of Bhadrapur in the country's south-east, said senior police officer Bishnu KC. Conflicts between wild animals and humans have increased in recent years in southern Nepal's buffer zones.

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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Wild elephants on rampage destroy houses

A herd of wild elephants destroyed two houses at Jonapur of Shuklaphanta Municipality-3 in Kanchanpur district on Saturday night.

The tuskers destroyed the houses of Deepak Humli and Bir Bahadur Chaudhary. They also gobbled the food grain and tore the beddings and other items in the houses.

The occupants of the houses escaped the site to save their lives.

Deepak’s wife, a nursing woman, saved her life by hiding under the bed with her infant.

The locals evacuated after sirens were sounded and there was hullaballoo in the village. The elephants came from the Tarapur area of the Shuklaphanta National Park entered the settlement at 11:00 pm.

The villagers could drive away the rampaging tuskers’ herd only at 3:00 am today.

The elephants went back to the nearby jungle only after fires were shot in the air.

Locals said the herd comprised some 22 adult and calf elephants.

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Budget allocated for controlling wild elephant menace

The government has allocated Rs 20 million in the first phase for controlling the wild elephant menace here in the district.

The amount was released through the National Planning Commission, according to Bodhraj Subedi, Forest Official at the District Forest Office, Jhapa.

Although the demand was made for Rs 130 million with the NPC, permission was granted for releasing Rs 8.89, Subedi added.

The memorandum was sent to the Ministry of Forest and Soil Conservation through Nepali Congress lawmaker Krishna Prasad Sitaula to tame the wild tuskers wreaking havoc in Jalthal, Bhadrapur, Kechana, Haldibari and Mechinagar among other locations.

As per the a slew of control measures, a biodiversity road will be constructed from Jalthal area to Bahundandi and 80 km long electric wire fencing will be set up from Charali to Gherabari jungle. The authorities also plan on installing electric wire along 50 km stretch around the Jalthal jungle, 20 km stretch around Charali jungle and 10 km at Gherabari.

At a press conference held on Friday, lawmaker Sitaula called for using the budget allocated for taming the elephant menace in Jhapa.  He added that the budget would be useful in constructing the biodiversity road and promoting ecotourism and agrotourism.

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Sunday, September 03, 2017

Wild elephant destroys houses in Urlabari

A wild elephant that strayed into human settlement from the nearby jungle destroyed two houses in Urlabari, causing a loss of Rs. 1.2 million. The houses of Balbir Thapa and Santa Dhimal in Jharsadi, Urlabari-1 were brought down by the elephant, according to Area Police Office, Urlabar, police inspector Chandra Bahadur Thapa. The incident took place at mid-night when the wild animal came from the nearby Miklunk jungle.

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Saturday, September 02, 2017

Tourists Discovered By Elephants From Flooded Nepal Safari Park

Elephants were pulpy into use to rescue hundreds of unfamiliar tourists trapped in a Nepal jungle safari park, officials pronounced on Monday, as a genocide fee from peep floods and landslides after 4 days of complicated rains rose to 70.

In Sauraha, 80 km (50 miles) south of Kathmandu, a Rapti River overflowed a banks, inundating hotels and restaurants and stranding some 600 tourists.

Sauraha, on a border of Chitwan National Park, is home to 605 larger one-horned rhinoceroses, or Indian rhinoceroses, and is renouned with unfamiliar tourists, including Indian and Chinese visitors, especially for elephant float and rhino-watching.

“Some 300 guest were discovered on elephant backs and tractor trailers to (nearby) Bharatpur yesterday and a rest will be taken to safer places today,” Suman Ghimire, arch of a organisation of Sauraha hotel owners, pronounced by write on Monday.

Shiva Raj Bhatta of WWF Nepal pronounced one rhino had died in a floods.
Relief workers pronounced 26 of Nepal’s 75 districts were possibly submerged or strike by landslides after complicated rains lashed a especially alpine nation, home to Mount Everest and a hearth of Lord Buddha.

The genocide toll, that had stood during 49 on Sunday, was approaching to arise with another 50 people reported blank in a floods and landslides, Information and Communications Minister Mohan Bahadur Basnet said.

Basnet pronounced some-more than 60,000 homes were underneath water, especially in a southern plains adjacent India. Estimates of waste were not available, with rescuers nonetheless to strech villages marooned by a misfortune floods in new years.

“The conditions is worrying as tens of thousands of people have been hit,” Basnet told Reuters.
Large swaths of farmland in a southern plains, Nepal’s breadbasket, are underneath H2O and a Himalayan nation could face food shortages due to stand losses, assist workers said.

“The complicated rains strike during one of a misfortune times, shortly after farmers planted their rice stand in a country’s many critical rural region,” pronounced Sumnima Shrestha, a mouthpiece for U.S.-based non-profit organisation Heifer International.

Monsoon rains, that start in Jun and continue by September, are critical for farm-dependent Nepal, though they also means complicated detriment of life and skill repairs any year.

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Wild Elephant Kills A Man In Nepal

A wild elephant mauled a 58-year-old man to death early Friday near a wildlife reserve in south-eastern Nepal, police said.

The man was asleep at home when the elephant entered the village of Belka in Udayapur district, said Nara Bahadur KC, a senior police officer.

“His family members fled their tin shed home, but the man had poor vision so he couldn’t run fast enough,” he told dpa.

The man was found dead a few yards from his home near the Koshi Tappu Wildlife Reserve, a sanctuary close to the country’s largest river Koshi.

The protected area covering three districts in the south-east is home to wild animals including elephants, water buffalo and rare species of birds.

Earlier this month, a leopard killed a 13-year-old girl who was sleeping at her home in Nepal’s far west.

Conflict between wild animals and humans has increased in recent months in Nepal, raising concerns about the safety of people living near protected areas.

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Saturday, July 29, 2017

Tusker raids terrorise Panbara residents

Residents of Panbara in Dharan Sub-metropolitan City have been distraught due to the frequent invasion of wild elephants for the past four days.

The people of Panbari have been an agonised lot ever since wild elephants started entering their settlements and destroying houses and ruining the crops at night.

“Squatters in the area have been most affected due to the intrusion of the elephants,” said Bigyan Shakya, a local.

The beasts, this morning, damaged the cemented walls of Amrit BK’s house and the house of Jungarani Lawati in Ghopali Tole.

A house belonging to Dhrub Katuwal of Ukhubari Tole was damaged by tuskers yesterday. Likewise, on Monday, wild elephants had caused a house at Charpate Aahal to collapse, according to Krishna Limbu, local.

The tuskers have destroyed a large amount of grains, crops, fruits and vegetables at night. “After wild elephants started frequenting the settlement at night, we have started to keep vigil for security throughout the night by forming a joint team including the public and security personnel,” said Binod Bishwokarma.

According to locals, Panbara is the most tusker-affected area in the district.

Over a dozen persons have been killed in the past two decades in tusker attacks, informed ward member Hari Rai. The tuskers enter Nepal via Charkoshe Jhadi from the Indian side as well.

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Jhapa locals live in fear of elephant raids

A perennial occurrence of wild elephant raids has terrified the locals of then Chandragadhi VDC -1, 3 and 9 in the district.

The problem has forced the locals to the extent of staying wide-awake throughout nights due to the rampaging elephants. The tuskers straying from nearby Indian forests enter the villages and wreck havoc in the villages.

The occurrence of elephant raids has shifted to the villages from Bahundangi in eastern Jhapa, which used to face such problem, but now free of it with the authorities having taken necessary steps, local people said.

A herd of five pachyderms that are taking refuge in Chandragadhi community forest enters the village in the evening, attacks locals and destroys crops and houses, the locals said.

Two days ago, a wild elephant entered the village and destroyed three houses at Bhadrapur-10, said local social worker Yadav Prasad Bhattarai.

He said although a patrol team from the District Forest Office with the help of the locals has been helping to ward off the elephants, but in vain. He demanded that a long term plan be devised to control the menace.

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Nepal fence to keep elephants away may escalate into political row

Nepal has erected the 18-km-long energised fence near the bank of Mechi river that divides the two countries.

A battery-operated fence erected by Nepal along the border to keep elephants from India away is set to snowball into a controversy with the West Bengal government writing to the Centre to raise the issue with the neighbouring country.

Nepal erected the 18-km-long energised fence near the bank of Mechi river that divides the two countries with aid from international funding agencies six months ago.

West Bengal forest minister Binay Krishna Barman, who held a high-level meeting with state forest officials in Sukna in Darjeeling on Saturday, raised objection over the fence along the international border by Nepal.

Barman said the fencing blocks the natural movement of the elephants.

“The state government has already written a letter to the Centre to take up the matter with the Nepal government,” Barman said.

Every year hundreds of elephants migrate from the forests of Assam and West Bengal into Nepal through the Indo-Nepal border and destroy crops in the villages on both sides.

The animals follow a traditional corridor to reach places like Bahundangi in eastern Nepal under Jhapa district after crossing forests of Sukna and Panighata in Darjeeling district of West Bengal.

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Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Wild elephant kills man in Nepal

A wild elephant crushed a man to death while he was foraging for mushrooms in a forest in south-eastern Nepal, local police said on Friday. The man in his 60s had ventured into the community-run forest near his home in a rural part of Jhapa district when the animal killed him, said Hari Prasad Sharma, a senior police officer.

The man, who was from an indigenous community and earned a living from the forest, was searching for mushrooms when he came under attack, according to Sharma. “Locals who reached the forest to collect fodder and firewood informed us about the incident,’’ he said.

Nepal has made progress in the conservation of endangered wild animals, it has 200 tigers, over 600 rhinos and over 150 wild elephants. But the rise in numbers has led to dangerous encounters between humans and wild animals, raising concerns about the safety of people living near forests in the country’s southern plains.

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

IN NEPAL, PUBLICLY BURNING CONFISCATED ITEMS IS A WARNING TO THE ILLEGAL WILDLIFE TRADE

On Monday, the Nepalese government set fire to more than 4,000 items of confiscated wildlife parts in an attempt to demonstrate zero tolerance for the illegal wildlife trade.

The stockpile included parts from 48 species, including 67 tiger skins, 418 common leopard skins, 354 elephant tails, 15 bear gallbladders, 357 rhino horns, two sacks of pangolin scales, and hides from red panda, clouded leopard, and snow leopard.

All these illegally trafficked items were burned in Chitwan National Park in front of nearly 300 people. Officials hope that the public burning of wildlife parts will act as a deterrent to wildlife traffickers.

"Nepal has achieved a significant milestone in conservation," Man Bahadur Khadka, director general of the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, said in a statement. "The government of Nepal expresses its commitment to zero poaching and a non-tolerance towards wildlife crime."

The wildlife parts that were part of the burn on Monday have been collected over the last 20 years, the World Wildlife Fund said. Several items were already in various stages of decay.

Some confiscated wildlife parts did not make it to the burn. These included items retained by the Nepalese government for cases that are still under investigation, as well as parts that might help future scientific studies, WWF said. Elephant tusks were also excluded from the burn because the technology required for crushing the ivory before burning is reportedly unavailable in the country.

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Nepal develops new fencing to protect farms and elephants

An electric fence has been developed in Napal to stop elephants from raiding people’s crops and houses.

 However, it will allow other wildlife, people and cattle to pass through unhindered.

The Himalayan Tiger Foundation is working with the National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC), WWF-Nepal and the authorities of Bardiya National Park will test a new approach for keeping elephants and people separated.

Together with scientists from the University of Wageningen in the Netherlands they have developed an experimental electric fence.

It uses a single live wire, instead of multiple wires, at a height of 180 cm that allows people and cattle, but also deer, tigers, and rhinos to walk underneath it.

The idea is to stop the much taller elephants from going through but not other wildlife.

Hopefully it also prevents people from cutting fences because they can pass through unhindered.

It’s an excellent idea.

Whether it will work will largely depend on how well the scientists understand elephants and even more importantly how well they understand communities.

Fences only work where communities support and maintain them.

Getting this support is not easy.

Co-financing schemes appear necessary to create the required sense of ownership from communities.

Human-elephant encounters are costly to the community. A recent study showed that the total yearly elephant damage in the 5,000 ha project area is about US$ 35,000 – 50,000 in crop losses and damage to houses.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Nepal tests fencing approach to protect farms and elephants

“We are not angry with the elephant and know that we need to protect it, but we also need to protect ourselves”.

This is a brave statement by Kaushala Budha, a Nepali farmer in the Patabhar hamlet, whose house had been nearly destroyed by a raiding elephant the previous night. I had expected more anger and a call for revenge, but no such thing. “If the government would help us, we would pack our bags and leave”, she says. Not too surprising because last night’s raid on her house was the 6th time in a year.


For the past week I have been working in the Bardiya National Park in western Nepal. The Himalayan Tiger Foundation (NTF) invited me to come and help them think through their program on human-elephant encounters. NTF works here with National Trust for Nature Conservation (NTNC) and WWF-Nepal, advising them on improving park management and ultimately increasing the abundance of key species that occur, like tiger, rhinos, elephants, swamp deer, and a range of other exciting species.

This time, we are here to address two issues: Testing a new system of electric fencing, and starting a grassland improvement program to increase palatable grasses to get more deer and antelopes and ultimately more tigers.

Human-elephant encounters are costly to the community. A recent study showed that the total yearly elephant damage in the 5,000 ha project area is about US$ 35,000 – 50,000 in crop losses and damage to houses.

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Nepal, a strange boy was wild elephants attack killed the second month of this month

A 13-year-old boy was killed in a wild elephant attack in the Chitwan district of Nepal on Jan. 13, the second in a month Wild elephant attacks on human events.

According to the Chitwan police, the victim was named Sunar, and before he got out of the house, he went to the bathroom and was attacked by wild elephants, and the boy died on the spot.

On January 10, a 22-year-old Indian female visitor was attacked by a wild elephant and died in the end because of a serious injury, according to the report.

The National Park of Nepal, the first national park in Nepal, was established in 1973. In 1984, it was declared a World Natural Heritage Site by UNESCO, with elephants, rhinos, tigers and crocodiles Wildlife, is a famous tourist attraction in Nepal.

In Nepal, where the tourism industry is the mainstay, wild elephant attacks on human affairs have cast a shadow over the development of its related industries: the Indian girls' attacks have sparked 'fear' in some tourist circles.In Nepal, The legal protection of endangered animals, people have been attacked wild elephants called on the local wildlife sanctuary to take measures to control the area of wild animals, to prevent them from going out to hurt.

Some experts pointed out that with the intensification of human activities here, and the nature of wild animals themselves change, improve the situation is not difficult than before low.

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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Elephant beauty contest in Nepal

With the participation of various elaborately decorated elephants, an eye-catching elephant beauty contest is held during the 13th Elephant Festival in Sauraha, a tourism hub in southwest Nepal's Chitwan district.

STANDUP (ENGLISH)1 : SHRISTI KAFLE, CNC correspondent
"Today is a big day for Pushpakali as she is among the top three finalists in the elephant beauty contest. And as you can see her mahout Anil is busy doing paintings and decorations to give her a makeover to make Pushpakali win the beauty pageant."

On the cold winter morning, 15-year-old elephant Pushpakali was taken to the nearby river for bath.

Mahout Anil Darai spent a long time cleaning the elephant, and started making artistic images all over her body.

Anil used various colors to paint different symbols, signs and flowers on the elephant.

SOUNDBITE (NEPALI)2: ANIL DARAI, Mahout
"I woke up at 4 am and fed her with her favorite food. Today is the final of beauty contest so I am preparing her in a best way possible. I am painting flowers. I am sure she will secure first in the competition."

Among 50 elephants participating in the festival, five young female elephants competed in the beauty contest this year.

They walked in ramp along with their mahouts and presented their beauty and different skills to impress the judging panel.

At the end, three finalists showcased their beauty and intelligence and presented skills as per instructions from the judges.

Their actions were closely observed and scored in terms of cleanliness, physical hygiene, health status and discipline.

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Elephant attack around bardia national park, Killing 1, Injuring 2

A man died and two others were injured when a herd of elephants attacked Praseni village of Bardiya district on Wednesday. The deceased has been identified as Bimal Pariyar, a local, informed the Bardiya District Police Office. The injured were locals Ram Prasad Lamichhane and Dinesh Singh Thakuri.

The duo are currently receiving medical treatment for their injuries. According to police, the elephants from the Bardiya National Park attacked the village at 7 am today. Police personnel have been deployed to send the wild animals back to the forest, the DPO informed.

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Friday, March 10, 2017

Elephant terror continues in Kapilbastu villages

People in half a dozen villages in Kapilbastu district are terrorised by wild elephants. People of Gugauli, Shivagadhi, Ganeshpuri, Khuruhuriya and Bhagawapur Village Development Committees (VDCs) have been terrorized by elephants from the Gautam Buddha Leasehold Forest as the elephants trumpet near the village and trample on the crops in their fields. Chairperson of the Community Forest, Janaki Yadav said the elephants that come from the forest along with their calves have broken the barbed wire fencing around the forest and damaged goods and property worth hundreds of thousands of rupees. The locals stay awake the whole night lest the elephants enter the human settlements. It is suspected that the elephants might have come to the forest from the Banke National Park via forest corridor in India.

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Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Bardiya youth killed in tusker attack

BARDIYA: A youth was killed while trying to chase away a herd of wild elephants that entered a human settlement in Karmala of Babai Municipality-3 in Bardiya district of western Nepal, on Tuesday.

The villagers were trying to chase away the elephants when 18-year-old Bijaya Nepali aka Amrit was killed in an elephant attack, informed Bardiya National Park (BNP) Assistant Conservation Official Ashok Bhandari.

Nepali died on the spot.

The BNP had fenced the periphery of the forest areas with electric wire, but it has not been effective in saving the villagers from sporadic skirmishes with the wild animals.

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Wednesday, March 01, 2017

Elephant herd attacks Nepal village, killing 1, injuring 2

KATHMANDU, Nepal -- A herd of elephants attacked a village in southwest Nepal on Wednesday, killing one person and wounding two others, officials said.

Government official Dilli Ram Acharya said the elephants attacked Praseni village at dawn, when there was not much light and poor visibility due to winter fog. Acharya said the villagers did not see the elephants coming and did not have a chance to run.

Security forces were sent to the area to chase the elephants back to the forest. The injured people were taken to a nearby town for treatment. Acharya says the village is close to Bardia National Park, home to many elephants, but it was rare for people to be killed by the animals. The park is protected by government soldiers and is home to endangered tigers, one-horned rhinos and many other animals.

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Elephant Festival kicks off in Sauraha of Chitwan

RATNANAGAR (Chitwan), Dec 26: An elephant festival has kicked off in Sauraha of Chitwan on Monday with a view to boosting up local tourism.   The festival, aimed at prolonging stay of tourists in the town, is organized coinciding with Christmas and the English New Year, according to Regional Hotel Association, Chitwan, the event organizer.   The festival began with the eye-catching procession of bedecked elephants that originated from the eastern sector of the Chitwan National Park and passed through Sauraha. A Tharu cultural rally was also the part of the inaugural session of the festival.

 The nine various programs including elephant 'fast walk' tournament, elephant Polo, a football match among elephant calves, cart race, elephant painting, picnic for elephants, a cultural program and a boat riding competition are the parts of the festival, Association Secretary Rammani Khanal said.   The festival is the continuity of the Elephant Race Tournament that used to be held in Sauraha 12 years ago

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Nepal to host Asian rural tourism festival

The Asian Rural Tourism Festival 2017 will be held from March 3-6 at Bahundangi in Nepal. The festival has been an annual event since 2012 and is aimed at raising awareness of the people living along the Mechi River in eastern Nepal and north Bengal about wild elephants.

Speaking today at a press meet at the Siliguri Journalists' Club, Arjun Karki, president of the festival organising committee, said various awareness programmes will be launched besides promoting local cultures and tradition. There will be stalls on conservation of orange orchards, bee keeping and tea branding, which will help visitors pick up value added practices and know about living museums and local food products. The event will also witness cultural performances by the Rai, Tamang, Gurung, Dhimaal, Limboo and Newar communities.

Raj Basu, convener of the Association for Conservation of Tourism, the supporting organisation, said stakeholders from Bhutan and Bangladesh will also participate, to give complete focus on rural tourism connectivity and networking. Tour operators and travel agents from Nepal such as NATA, TAAN, PATA are expected to take part in the festival, he said.
Rabi Nepal, vice president of the festival organising committee, said Indian cultural troupes comprising dancers, singers and models for ethnic fashion display will also be participating. (EOIC)

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Saturday, February 18, 2017

Two elephants destroy house and kill man in Nepal

A person has died after being attacked by two wild elephants in Saptari district on Saturday night.

The deceased has been identified as Raghunath Khanga, 60, of Bhardaha-9 of the district, according to Area Police Office (APO) of Bhardaha.

When Khanga and his family were fast asleep in the middle of the night, two wild suddenly elephants attacked his house. Everyone except Khanga managed to escape. He was chased down and trampled to death, informed the APO. According to locals, the elephants also destroyed sheds, and crops and vegetables cultivated in the farms of some locals.

Prior to this incident, Allahdin Khan, 55, of Bairawa-8 had also lost his life after being attacked by an wild elephant on November 3.

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Woman killed by elephant- Nepal

A 31-year-old woman was killed when a wild elephant stormed a village near a national park in south-western Nepal on Wednesday.

According to reports, the herd of three elephants ventured into the village of Manau in Bardiya district.

Senior police officer Netra Mani Giri told DPA News that the elephants went on a rampage, destroying four houses.

Police shot into the air to scare the herd.

The animals then returned to the Berdiya National Park.

Two men were also injured by the beasts.

They were transported to a hospital in Nepalgunj, the nearest town.

A four-year-old girl was killed on Sunday when a one-horned rhinoceros attacked villagers in Nawalparasi district in south-central Nepal, the publication continues.

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36 killed by wild elephants in 17 years

MANAU, Jan 5: It has been a week since Khagendra Gautam, a local of Manau, has been obliged to take shelter at schools and in the house of his relatives due to the terror spread by rampaging elephants. He believes the school building could be safer than his mud-built house but still he has not been able to get a proper sleep because of the fear that his house might get attacked by burglars in his absence.

"I have heard that Bardiya National park is best known for conserving and protecting wild animals in the country but I don't understand why we have never been able to live without the fear of being attacked by elephants," said Gautam."How long will we stay by asking for shelter with others?" he wondered.

 Bimala Pariyar, 32, of Hattikhalla, Manau lost her life as she was crushed by an elephant on December 28. Despite her relentless efforts to run away from the elephant, she was caught and killed by it in the market. On the same day, Bimal Singh, a student and Ram Prasad Lamichhane, a principal of a local school were seriously injured in an elephant attack. Similarly, Mangra Tharu of Parsa  died last Friday during his treatment after being attacked by elephant.

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Elephant carcass found in Kanchanpur paddy field

BHIMDATTANAGAR: A wild elephant was found dead at Kha Gaun in Punarwas Municipality of Kanchanpur district on Friday.

An estimated five-year-old male elephant from a nearby jungle across the border in India was found lying dead in a local paddy field, said the Kanchanpur District Forest Office.

Shiva Prasad Sharma of the DFO suspected that the elephant could have died due to illness since it did not have any injuries on its body but only a bloated stomach.

The elephant was buried after due legal process on the same day. A team from the Area Forest Office has started investigation into the death of the baby elephant.

Herds of elephants inhabiting the Dudhwa National Park in India, stray into Nepal’s Punarwas area from time to time.

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Friday, February 10, 2017

Thag Prasad Yadav dies in elephant attack

PARSA, Jan 31: Thag Prasad Yadav, a local resident of Sibvarsa VDC of Parsa district was killed in a wild elephant attack last night.

The 60 year old Yadav was attacked by the aimlessly wandering mammal while he was offering water at Dhdheshwor Mahadev Temple nearby, according to police. “Yadav had been there in a group. However, other managed to flee the scene,” he added.

The incident location is based near Charbhayau Range Post.

Right after being informed about the incident, a joint team from Police Post, Rangapur, Area Police Office, Paterwa Sugauli and Parsa Wildlife Reserve reached the site and rescued the group of people trapped due to the incident to a safer place.

The body of Yadav has been kept at Birgunj-based Narayani Sub Regional Hospital for a post-mortem.

More than 10 people are killed every year in attacks by wild elephants straying from the forests  into surrounding human settlements in Parsa district, said local people.

Their repeated calls to the concerned authorities to resolve the problem have fallen on deaf ears so far, they complained.

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Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wild elephants destroy dozen houses in Bardiya

A herd of wild elephants destroyed around a dozen houses in Balati and Baganaha of Babai Municipality in Bardiya district on Wednesday night.

Central Region Community Forest Balati Chairperson Dharma Raj Sharma informed the wild tuskers destroyed nine houses in Balati bordering Bardiya National Park. Three houses were also destroyed in Bargada of Baganaha in the district.

A Nepal Army team deployed for the security of the park fired over a dozen rounds in the air but the elephants did not budge and instead destroyed wheat farm in 10 bighas of land. Locals said the elephants entered the park only on Thursday morning.

People living in the surrounding area moved to safer places due to the tusker terror. They said the elephants were highly aggressive in nature and they have been forced to spend sleepless nights.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Mammoth battles at Nepal elephant polo championship

The elephants lumber across the field on the edge of a Nepalese jungle in pursuit of a small white ball. It might be slightly slower-paced than its horseback equivalent, but there's nothing sedate these polo pachyderms.

Nepal has hosted the annual international elephant polo championships since 1982, attracting players, celebrities, adventure-seekers -- and the occasional first timer -- for a chance to take part in one of the most unusual sports around.

The game is based on horse polo, but with two people on the back of each elephant -- a mahout that does the driving and the player who is concentrating on scoring.

The players wield 2.5 metre (96 inches) long mallets to reach the ground from the back of their mammoth steeds.

"It might look slow and easy, but it quite hard," said Bhim Bahadur Tamang, 62, captain of the Nepal-based Tiger Tops Tuskers team -- who won this year's championship on Friday.

"You have to know how your elephants move and be strategic to win," he said.

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Sunday, January 08, 2017

Chitwan Elephant Festival to be held in Sauraha from Dec 26

CHITWAN: Chitwan Elephant Festival is going to be held at Sauraha in Chitwan district from December 26 to 30.

The International Elephant Polo will remain the highlight of the Festival which is being held after a gap of 7 years, according to International Elephant Polo Competition Coordinator Shankar Sainju.

The Regional Hotel Association at Sauraha will continue the Polo competition where eight elephants dividing in two groups will play against each other.

Coordinator Sainju shared that the prospective polo player elephants are being trained for the match that will last through total twenty minutes.

During the five-day event, various other elephant-related activities will be organised with a view of retaining the tourists visiting Chitwan National Park, informed Coordinator Sainju.

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Conflict between humans and tuskers worsens in Kanchanpur

Sundari Chaudhary,35, of Belauri Municipality, Kanchanpur lost her life after a herd of elephants attacked her at the municipality a month ago.

The elephants attacked her while she was returning home from a local market Cahandev Bazaar along with her husband Aasharam in a bicycle through the jungle.

Aasharam fled from the scene, and survived the attack.

Elephants from the border at Dudhuwa National Park have reportedly been entering the municipality, terrorising villagers and destroying crops. A local Rajaram Chaudhary said that villagers were living in fear of elephant attacks that have increased in frequency this year over previous years.

Wild elephants have entered human settlements at Punarbas Municipality, Sitabasti, Parasan, Tribhuvan Basti, and Janak Basti. Local farmers said that the elephants have destroyed crops cultivated on around 100 bigahas of land.

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Friday, January 06, 2017

Elephant Safari launched in western Chitwan

Four community forests located in Chitwan’s western part have introduced elephant safari with an aim to boost tourism.

The elephant safari has been started from Devnagar Post, Chitwan National Park (CNP) Chief Conservation Officer, Ram Chandra Kandel said. Nepal’s cine actor, Rajesh Hamal, and his better half, Madhu Bhattarai, rode on an elephant to announce the launch of the elephant safari on Tuesday.

Hamal said he has been visiting Chitwan’s tourist hotspots for a very long time, but this is the first time elephant safari has been launched in the western part.

The elephant safari has been launched in Navajyoti, Batuli, Dakshinkali and Bandevi buffer zone community forests, according to Barandabhar Consumer Committee Chairman, Dev Raj Sapkota. He added that western Chitwan has a high potential for eco-tourism.

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Tharu culture will be showcase

The fourth edition of the Extensive Elephant Festival is taking place at Thakurdwar in Bardiya from December 13 to 14. The two – day festival is being jointly organized by Bardiya National Park (BNP) and Poaching and Hunting Control Youth Mobilization Campaign.


The festival being held at Hattisaar of Thakurdwar is expected to draw in domestic as well as foreign tourists. The elephants will also be worshiped with Vedic ritualistic offerings, Campaign’s Chairman, Hemanta Acharya shared.


The festival will also showcase local Tharu culture, procession, local dances and offer Tharu delicacies for the visitors Meanwhile, the tiger population in BNP has increased to 85 as shown by this year’s census. This is expected to further boost the arrival of tourists and visitors to the Elephant Festival and the BNP.

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Man killed in elephant attack

A man was killed after being attacked by a wild elephant at Nirmalbasti VDC in Parsa district on Wednesday night. An elephant straying from nearby forest attacked local resident Roghai Chaudhary, 45, while he was patrolling to protect crops from wild animals, police said.

Chaudhary’s body has been sent to Birgunj-based Narayani Sub Regional Hospital, police said.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

Man killed in elephant attack

Parsa, Dec 15: A man was killed after being attacked by a wild elephant at Nirmalbasti VDC in Parsa district on Wednesday night.

An elephant straying from nearby forest attacked local resident Roghai Chaudhary, 45, while he was patrolling to protect crops from wild animals, police said.

Chaudhary’s body has been sent to Birgunj-based Narayani Sub Regional Hospital, police said.

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Saturday, December 03, 2016

Captive Elephants Freed From a Life in Chains

In Nepal’s Chitwan National Park and the forests surrounding it, elephants used to be chained for as many as 19 hours a day. The links lay heavy on their ankles, preventing them from moving more than a few inches in any direction and leaving them unable to take shelter from the sun. They stood in their own waste. Some developed arthritis and foot infections.

Even when they were unchained, it was only to work, carrying tourists around on safari or carrying rangers on patrol—work the elephants have been forced to do for generations.

The process of training Asian elephants to carry humans can be brutal, and some captive elephants in Southeast Asia are severely overworked. But since 2014, 83 elephants at camps in around Chitwan National Park have been set free from their chains. Elephant Aid International, a United States-based nonprofit, found success with a new way to contain the elephants: solar-powered electric fences.

This setup lets the elephants engage in some natural behaviors, an important indicator of animal welfare. They can walk and lie down, play and socialize, dust and bathe.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wild elephant tramples woman to death

A wild elephant trampled a woman to death at the local Gorakhnath Community Forest this afternoon. The victim is 35-year-old Sundari Chaudhari of Ramghat, Belauri Municipality-15.

The elephant attacked Chaudhari and her husband, Asharam, when they were heading towards Chanadeu of Shankarpur on a bicycle, police said.
Asharam managed to run away leaving the bicycle behind when the elephant attacked them while they were traveling through the forest but his wife was trampled by the tusker, killing her instantaneously.

Wild elephants that enter the area from the Dudhuwa National Park of India have been terrorizing the people in Kanchanpur over the last three weeks. A herd of around 40 elephants has destroyed the rice crop on about 150 bighas land in Kanchanpur district.

Some 400 farmers have applied to the District Forest Office and the Shuklaphanta Reserve Office for compensation.

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Elephant found dead on Indo-Nepal migratory route

Bengal officials blame fence put up by the Nepal government, say it has led to increased territorial fights.

AN ADULT tusker was found dead in Kalabari forest under Panighata range, around 30 km from Siliguri in North Bengal on Thursday. Officials suspect that the tusker died of injuries sustained in territorial fight with another elephant but are waiting for autopsy report to confirm the cause of death.

The area where the body was found fall on a century-old migration route along the Indo-Nepal border.

West Bengal forest department has maintained that an 18-km long electric fence set up by Nepal in the area has prevented elephants from migrating leading to increased cases of conflict and tusker deaths.

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Sunday, October 09, 2016

Elephant terror continues

A herd of eight wild elephants has entered the human settlements and destroyed the houses and food grains, said Chairman of Hariyali Youth Family for Human Elephant Conflict Management Dinesh Das.

The locals, most of them squatters and landless, in Rajgadh, Maheshpur, Prithvinagar, Pathamari and other VDCs are at the receiving end due to elephant terror.

So far, the elephants have destroyed as high as 50 houses since April. Chief of District Forest Officer Indramani Bhandari said that a one-eyed elephant in the herd has turned the most violent.

Meanwhile, the District Forest Office said that electronic fencing to prevent the wild tuskers from entering into the villages is going on in Bahundangi area in the district. RSS


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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Attacks prompt Nepal to cap wildlife growth


Officials in Nepal have said they will now have to put a cap on the growth of wildlife including endangered species like tigers and rhinos.

They say it is a result of significant increase in loss of human lives from attacks by wild animals.

The problem is especially acute in buffer zones between human settlements and national parks.

In recent years, Nepal has developed a successful protection programme for many endangered species.

The Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal has more than 500 rhinos, up from half that figure few years ago, and more than 125 tigers.

The Bardiya National Park in the west now has more than 80 elephants, almost 10 times as many as there were in the 1990s.

In the Himalayas, the numbers of endangered species like snow leopards and red pandas have been growing as well.

And the country has nearly 24% of its land area as protected areas, including national parks, conservation areas and wildlife reserves.

With all these achievements in nature conservation, however, Nepal has also witnessed a rising number of human deaths and property losses because of wildlife.

In the last five years, more than 80 people have been killed by wild elephants while 17 of the animals died in retaliatory killings, according to forest ministry officials.

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Elephants Play Soccer In Nepal's Elephant Fesitval


The World Cup is out of the question for this soccer match, but these elephants still know how to score.

Players enthralled crowds in Nepal's ninth international Elephant Festival soccer final -- and even though the animals have riders, the skilled footwork is all theirs says one of the teams' sponsors.

Sanjaya Adhikaeri from Kist Bank, sponsor of the winning elephant team, told Reuters "This is not being played by men, it is being played by wild animals and it is really enjoyable. People will get the message all over the world that an animal that is very difficult to train is playing soccer for the entertainment of the people. That's why we participate every year and it is very successful for us."

The festival tries to raise awareness for conservation in the area and the three-day event included an elephant race and an elephant beauty contest. But the real attraction for sponsor Kist Bank was that its team gave the opposition a trumpeting with a 6-0 victory in the final.

Nepal celebrates elephant beauty


It's a beauty pageant on a large scale.

Nepal's elephant beauty pageant, held last Friday, saw three elephants from the country's Chitwan district enter the final round of the competition.

This year Chitwan Kali was awarded the top prize for her decoration, obedience and honesty.

Shri Ram of the Elephant Management Committee told Reuters, '(Chitwan Kali) was very beautiful and... was able to obey the command of mahout (her handler).'

The runner-up prize was awarded to elephant Prakriti Kali.

The final decision was determined by five expert judges looking for an elephant with physical beauty and, of course, great personality.

This is the third year in which the elephant beauty contest has been included in the annual Chitwan Elephant festival in Nepal.

Rogue elephant Dhrube does it again


CHITWAN: Dhrube, the infamous rogue elephant that had been spreading terror attacking people and demolishing houses in the Madi area here, did it again at local Meghauli last night.

It is reported to have pulled down one house at Meghauli-5 at Sukumbasi Basti last night. Dhrube, according to locals, entered the squatters' settlement in the area and damaged the house of one Shukaram Mushahar.

Mushahar managed to run to safety by breaking a hole from one of the partitions in the house after the elephant barged into his house and began pulling things and trampling on goods and drum where rice grains were stored.

Similarly, it is learnt to have run away with another old female elephant kept at the Koshi Tappu elephant shelter in Meghauli.

A search has been mounted for the missing elephant with the help of three other elephants. The authorities at the Chitwan National Park say that they have traced the whereabouts of Dhrube with the help of radio collar signals. According to them, the notorious elephant Dhrube is in the national park's Tiger Tops area.

Nepal killer elephant on revenge rampage


Kathmandu - Nepalese officials said on Wednesday a lovesick elephant which has trampled several people to death was captured a month ago - but set free to kill again.

Park rangers told AFP the male tusker, named Dhrube by locals, is targeting humans on a killing spree in southern Nepal after being kept from potential mates, including a female called Chanchalkali.

"It has killed another male elephant and was upset after it was denied the chance to mate with Chanchalkali," Chitwan National Park ranger Bishnu Thapaliya told AFP.

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Friday, September 21, 2012

Nepal tests new unmanned aerial vehicle technology to stop wildlife crime

WWF

BARDIA NATIONAL PARK – Nepal’s antipoaching efforts received a major boost this week as park rangers and army personnel learn how to operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in two national parks in a training program organized by WWF.

Nepal is home to rhinos, tigers and elephants, among the world’s most vulnerable species. Poaching of these and many other animals is at an all-time high and the hope is that UAV technology will help capture poachers in the act and deter others from even trying.

Friday, May 08, 2009

Elephant herd from Nepal sighted in Dudhwa Park

The Times of India
4 May 2009


LAKHIMPUR KHERI (UP): A herd of 40 elephants, which migrated from Nepal, has been sighted in the Dudhwa National Park, forest department officials said on Monday.

"The herd comprised three tuskers and over a dozen elephant calves with age ranging from three months to three years," Kartik Kumar Singh, district conservator of forests, North Kheri Division said.

Teams of forest as well as Dudhwa National Park authorities had been formed to keep close watch of the movement of the herd to any confrontation with local farmers, Singh said.

According to wildlife conservationists and convener of Terai Nature Conservation Society Vijay Prakash, the herd was likely to stay there for a month as the park provided adequate food and shelter.

40,000-year-old elephant footprint found in Kathmandu

The Hindu
April 1, 2009

Kathmandu (PTI): A team of experts from Japan and Nepal here have discovered 40,000 and 24,000-year-old footprints of elephants respectively, which suggest that the largest animal on the land lived in the Kathmandu Valley tens of thousands years ago.
Geologists and sedimentologists from Japan and Tribhuvan University, Nepal have discovered 40,000 and 24,000 years old footprints of elephants from two separate soil samples in Kathmandu, Kathmandu Post said.
"To our knowledge, nobody has found such imprints on soil sediments that old anywhere else in the world," said Mr. Tetsuya Sakai, Sedimentologist from Shimane University in Japan, said.
The discovery suggests that elephants lived in the Kathmandu Valley tens of thousands years ago, experts said.
They reached the conclusion after measuring the age of the footprints and sediments with carbon dating, an international instrument for measuring the age of materials.
The experts, however, added that they needed animal fossils for more evidence for further confirmation of their interpretation.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Foreign hand suspected in poaching

The Statesman
December 15, 2008

ROURKELA, Dec. 15: A group of poachers allegedly led by a Nepali national in the district have become a threat to the elephants with their innovative ways to kill the animals.
The suspected foreign national has been absconding. Reliable sources said that the Nepal government has been requested to nab the culprit.
The poachers mix a very highly toxic substance in Handia ~ the local brew prepared and consumed by the tribals ~ and keep it near the fields
frequented by the elephants.

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Monday, December 08, 2008

Humans and elephants on collision course in South Asia

World Wildlife Fund
17 Nov 2008

Kathmandu, Nepal: Massive international investment in large-scale infrastructure projects in southern Asia will increase human-elephant conflict and cause more deaths on both sides unless much greater care is taken.

A new report released today, funded by the World Bank as part of the World Bank-WWF Alliance for Forest Conservation & Sustainable Use, warns international investors that a clear strategy for keeping human-elephant conflict under control makes economic as well as environmental sense.

It is estimated that the economic damage caused by human-elephant conflict amounts to millions of dollars in some countries and in many cases it is those responsible for new land developments that have to foot the bill.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

Killer Elephant To Be Killed In Nepal

Bernama
September 29, 2008

KATHMANDU, Sept 29 (Bernama) -- Local administration in southeastern Nepal has directed the district forest office to kill a wild elephant that has killed 13 people and destroyed property of locals, China's Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

According to forest officer Jeeban Kumar Thakur of the local administration of Lahan, Siraha district, some 130 km southeast of Nepali capital Kathmandu, issued the direction during a meeting held at the forest office on Sunday by using the authority under the Local Administration Act.

The administration asked the forest officials to try to chase the elephant at first and kill it if posed threat to public security.

The elephant has killed 13 persons in Siraha and Saptari districts so far, destroyed 100 houses and damaged crops.

A six-member team led by Dr. Thakur Prasad Gaire from Chitwan National Park, at the direction of Ministry for Forest and Soil Conservation, has already arrived in Siraha to kill the beast.

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