71 views 45 secs 0 Comment

TN Wild Tusker (PM2) darted and restrained

Chennai, Dec 8 (BPNS)

The elusive wild tusker Pandalur Makana- 2( PM-2) was darted and restrained by the forest department of Tamil Nadu on Thursday afternoon. The elephant was darted and restrained at Pulliyampara reserve in the Gudalur range in the Nilgiris forest division.

The elephant which had destroyed several houses in Gudalur area had also killed a woman accidentally while trying to raid a house at Devala for food on November 19. The house building where the elephant tried to enter fell on the 58-year-old woman who died instantly. Two others were injured by the elephant.

The local people had conducted a road roko and the AIADMK MLA of Gudalur, Pon Jayaseelan staged a sit-in dharna on November 21 in front of collector’s office demanding the capture of the elephant.

On Thursday morning forest officials spotted the elephant which was traveling in the Kerala forest range after the Devala incident with a herd. It was spotted on Thursday morning between Vayalpalam in Pandalur and Mayyikoli in Gudalur. The tusker was darted by a veterinarian in the team and four Kumki elephants were brought to restrain the animal with ropes.

The Animal will be shifted to the deep forest in Madumalai Tiger Reserve in a specially designed truck which will be its new habitat.