Tuesday, 23 January 2018 | PNS | Haridwar-
One of the two elephants which have unleashed terror recently has been tagged by the forest department for constant monitoring of its movements. With this end in view, the elephant has been collared for the first time in the Rajaji Tiger Reserve since Uttarakhand was formed in 2000. The other one going on the rampage in areas near the Rajaji Tiger Reserve was tranquilised and released in the deep forest area a few days ago.
Forest department officials said that a radio collar has been put on the second elephant through which the park officials would monitor its movements every hour.
To fix the radio collar, the forest department took assistance of experts from Wildlife Institute of India (WII). Now, the team of scientists from WII would also be assisting the forest officials of Rajaji National Park and Tiger Reserve for monitoring the movements of the rowdy elephant for a few months.
Speaking to The Pioneer, WII scientist Bivash Pandav said, “The elephant could be tamed finally after great efforts of several days and the radio collar was successfully fixed on it. For the next three years, the forest authorities and the scientists would keenly observe the movements of the elephant. If it is found again behaving queerly further action would be taken.”
The measure taken by the forest department would not just help check the rowdy behaviour of the elephant forcing its way into the residential areas adjoining Rajaji Tiger Reserve but would also give an opportunity to the young students and researchers to get more useful information about such queer pachyderms, said Pandav.
The RTR director Sanatan Sonkar said that the task of fixing the collar on the rowdy elephant was difficult. “It is, of course, an achievement for the officials who successfully completed the operation, given the paucity of resources,” he added.
SOME IMPROVEMENT SEEN IN TUSKER’S HEALTH
There is said to be some improvement in the condition of a tusker injured in a fight with another pachyderm about a week ago. After initial treatment by forest department veterinarians, a team of veterinarians from the Corbett tiger reserve also arrived here to treat the injured elephant.
It is pertinent to mention here that an elephant had sustained serious injury about one week ago in a fight with another elephant. The incident had taken place in the Kilpura range near the Chandni Gram Sabha. The injured elephant has not been able to move from the site where he was found about a week ago. The Kilpura ranger KC Kapaltiya informed that earlier the injured tusker was being treated by veterinarians from Khatima. Now, a team of specialist veterinarians from Corbett tiger reserve, Ramnagar are handling the treatment of the elephant. There has been some improvement in the condition of the elephant. The forest department has also deployed its personnel in the area to guard and tend to the injured pachyderm.