Male elephant encroaching Gerik village captured

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  • Saturday, 17 Oct 2020

IPOH (Bernama): The Elephant Capture Unit (ECU) of the Perak Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has caught a bull elephant which was striking fear among villagers as well as damaging crops in Kampung Plang, Gerik, about 200km from here.

Perhilitan Perak said Saturday (Oct 17) that the operation to capture the elephant weighing about two tonnes started on Oct 5 before the bull was caught on Monday (Oct 12) and transferred to the Terengganu National Park Saturday.

According to the statement, the process of transferring the elephant, aged between 12 to 14 years old, involved 20 Perak Perhilitan employees with the help of the Lanchang National Elephant Conservation Centre, Pahang, as well as two decoy animals named Rambai and Alam.

"The wild elephant is from a herd of 45 in Belum. Investigations found that the elephant was separated from its group and made the Gerik Forest Reserve its roaming area.

"The herd of elephants is the same one which encroached Felda Bersia, Kampung Pecah Batu, Kampung Bongor, East-West Highway and surrounding areas," Perhilitan said.

The deparment added that the elephant encroached the villages to look for food and damaged crops such as rubber, coconut, sugarcane and durian, causing residents to be afraid to attend to their crops.

The elephant is the second captured by ECU in the same area after the first elephant last year, which was transferred to the Terengganu Elephant Sanctuary. - Bernama

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