Elephant runs amok, causes damage to banana plantation in Gua Musang

GUA MUSANG (Bernama): About 30 villagers of Kampung Subong, here, claimed to have suffered losses amounting to RM50,000 when an elephant ran amok and ravaged their banana plants on Thursday (April 1).

One of the villagers, Zakaria Omar, 53, said the elephant damaged 300 of his banana plants and also trampled to death two of his cows when the pachyderm ran amok in a rubber plantation near the village between 10pm and 3am that day.

The animal had been seen roaming in the area since two weeks ago, he said when met at his banana plantation here on Saturday (April 3).

Following the incident, he said the villagers were now afraid to go near the plantation, including those who earned their living as rubber tappers.

Another villager, Mohd Nazri Hamzah, 52, said the elephant could be seen wandering in the rubber and banana plantations almost every day.

"This is the first time we have sighted an elephant in our banana and rubber plantations in 30 years, ” he added.

He said the incident had been reported to the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan).

We hope that the department will resolve the problem as soon as possible as most of us have to go to the rubber and banana plantations as they are our sources of income, he added.- Bernama

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