Drone used for the first time while herding jumbos away
A herd of four elephants was herded away from residential area while drone mounted camera observed from air
For the first time in Uttarakhand, a drone was used to monitor elephants while herding them away from a human settlement and into the jungle. Friday morning saw a herd of four elephants coming out of the jungles in Tanda range of Terai central forest division and going through the Shantipuri area. The jumbos caused considerable damage to sugarcane and other crops in the area. When the villagers informed the forest department, the Dauli range officer Anil Joshi reached the site with department personnel. A large crowd of villagers had also gathered by this time. In order to avert escalation of human-elephant conflict, the department staff along with Pantnagar police managed the situation on the ground while a drone was deployed to keep an eye on the movement of elephants from the air.
The conservator of forests, western circle, Parag Madhukar Dhakate informed that the priority of the forest department is to ensure the safety of the elephants along with the safety of the villagers and forest department personnel. He said, “A drone was used for the first time in this experiment after elephants entered a populated area. The impact on the lives of the elephants from change in their behaviour and nature was also observed through the drone mounted camera. The operation was successful as the pachyderms were herded away from the residential area and into the jungle. The villagers will be compensated for the damage caused to the crops after its evaluation,” he added.
While the drone kept an eye on the movement of elephants, the forest department staff on the ground herded the pachyderms away from the residential area with the help of the villagers.
Saturday, 28 September 2019 | PNS | Lalkuan
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