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Loner elephants kill 18 in Udalguri dist during 2019

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KALAIGAON, Sept 8 - Loner wild elephants have created terror in Udalguri district during this year near the India-Bhutan international boundary villages in the district.

So far, 18 people have been killed by wild loners this year, thereby causing serious consequences to human elephant relations.

�The unabated killing of people by the loner wild elephants is likely to encourage retaliation by villagers by targeting innocent members of wild elephant herds,� said wildlife activist Pramesh Rabha.

According to him, another man named Ram Bahadur Gautam, son of Lal Bahadur Gautam (65), an inhabitant of Bholatar village under Dimakuchi Police Station was killed by a wild loner elephant near his house on September 7 at around 3 am. It may be mentioned that the forest departments of Assam or BTC authority have done nothing so far for identification of the killer loner wild elephants in Udalguri district. Lack of coordination among the civil administration, police, Forest Department and BTC authority have been responsible for continuous killing of villagers in the district.

Wildlife activists of Udalguri district have expressed regret for not holding any high-level strategy meet with the stakeholders like district civil administration, police, tea garden managements and Forest Department in order to take action so as to track down the loner elephants responsible and to create massive awareness among people living in vulnerable areas.

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Loner elephants kill 18 in Udalguri dist during 2019

KALAIGAON, Sept 8 - Loner wild elephants have created terror in Udalguri district during this year near the India-Bhutan international boundary villages in the district.

So far, 18 people have been killed by wild loners this year, thereby causing serious consequences to human elephant relations.

�The unabated killing of people by the loner wild elephants is likely to encourage retaliation by villagers by targeting innocent members of wild elephant herds,� said wildlife activist Pramesh Rabha.

According to him, another man named Ram Bahadur Gautam, son of Lal Bahadur Gautam (65), an inhabitant of Bholatar village under Dimakuchi Police Station was killed by a wild loner elephant near his house on September 7 at around 3 am. It may be mentioned that the forest departments of Assam or BTC authority have done nothing so far for identification of the killer loner wild elephants in Udalguri district. Lack of coordination among the civil administration, police, Forest Department and BTC authority have been responsible for continuous killing of villagers in the district.

Wildlife activists of Udalguri district have expressed regret for not holding any high-level strategy meet with the stakeholders like district civil administration, police, tea garden managements and Forest Department in order to take action so as to track down the loner elephants responsible and to create massive awareness among people living in vulnerable areas.

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