Chennai, Jan 23 (BPNS)
The Forest department officials of Tamil Nadu who were in a frenetic operation to capture a wild tusker, ‘ Karuppan’ will resume the operation next week. The forest department had commenced operation to capture rogue elephant that had killed people and created havoc for residents of Hasanur, Thalavadi, and Jeerahali forest ranges from January 12.
The forest department special team was able to fire tranquilizer injection at Karuppan on January 14 but the elephant did not faint and went into the deep forest.
The forest special team again fired tranquilizers at the elephant but still, it did not faint and escaped into the forest. Following this, the forest department officials held a high-level meeting of special team members, Rapid Response Team members, veterinarians, and others to bring a solution to the capture of the elephant. According to a senior member of the forest department team, the team was planning to fire one more tranquilizer but refrained following advice from animal health experts that the elephant’s health could be affected.
A senior officer who is in the operation while speaking to BPNS said, “ We are waiting for a week to resume operation as if we fire a tranquilizer again on the elephant it may affect its physical health. Since the past few days, the elephant has not come to the mainland and we are closely monitoring the tusker.”
It is to be noted that the Kerala forest department had on Sunday captured a wild tusker that was instrumental in the killing of a person and wreaking havoc at the residential areas in Palakkad district. The elephant code-named, ‘PT7’ was captured on Sunday and is now in the Krall.