Karnataka government forms elephant task force in four districts – News9 LIVE

22 Nov 2022 9:22 AM GMT
The members of the panel have been directed to patrol the jumbo-concentrated areas, monitor their movements in human habitation. (Photo credit: PTI)
The Karnataka government has decided to form an elephant task force in four districts to keep a check on the jumbo menace. An order to this effect was issued soon after the meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, an official statement said.
The task force, headed by the Deputy Conservator of Forests, will be set up in Hassan, Chikmagalur, Mysuru and Kodagu districts, where the problem is more widespread.
The task force will get down to action immediately and work under the instructions of the respective Chief Conservator of Forests of the circles concerned.
The members of the panel have been directed to patrol the jumbo-concentrated areas, monitor their movements in human habitation, agriculture fields and coffee estates, and drive them back into forests under the direction of the deputy conservator of forests.
The task force members will be armed with walkie-talkies, guns and crackers that are necessary to drive back the wild elephants into forests. Each district elephant task force will be given three jeeps.
They should also share information about the movement of wild elephants and create awareness among the people not to move into the forest areas.
It has also been decided to set up a control room in the headquarters of every task force and that the phone number will be shared with the citizens.
Meanwhile, after recent deaths due to elephant attacks in Chikkamagaluru, the Karnataka Forest Department has allowed the capture and relocation of three problematic tuskers in the Aldur/ Mudigere zones.
The permission was granted under Section 11 of the Wildlife Protection Act. The department also asked its officials to make sure the rules under the act were not flouted and the standard operating procedure (SOP) by the government was followed during the operation.
(With inputs from PTI)
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