JOHOR BARU: At least three elephants were spotted entering plantations near villages around Penyabung in Mersing last month.
State Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Rahim Ahmad said the elephants, however, had not caused any serious problems to the plantations or threat to the villagers.
“The elephants are believed to have come from the nearby Sungai Arong forest reserve, which is part of the Endau-Rompin National Park.
“We have set up a team to monitor the elephants and will act if they start to damage crops,” he said here yesterday, adding that it was the first time elephants were seen foraging for food near Penyabung.
He said other areas where elephants had been spotted were forest reserves in Segamat, Labis, Kota Tinggi, especially around Mawai, and Jamaluang near Kluang.
He said one male elephant, which caused problems to villagers near Kampung Juaseh in Labis last month, was captured and relocated to the Endau forest reserve.
He said the forest reserves in Labis and Jamaluang still had about six elephants each while Panti in Kota Tinggi had about 10.
He said the department had stopped sending any captured elephants to Tasik Kenyir in Terengganu as the animals had stopped causing serious damage to plantations in Johor.
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