MERSING (Bernama): The Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) captured two wild elephants roaming near the Iskandar Camp military camp on Tuesday (April 20).
Its director Salman Saaban said that the elephants were captured after they received a complaint about a herd of elephants roaming in the forest area near the staff quarters.
He said that a female elephant was captured first at 3.15 pm while a male elephant was captured at 3.45pm, both in healthy and active condition.
"We received a complaint that there were five to 12 elephants in the forest area and we worried they would wander to Flintstone Palace, located only 1.5km away.
"According to the complainant, the elephants have been sighted in the area over the past week and attempts to chase the herd away from the area were futile," he said in a statement on Wednesday (April 21).
Salman said the two captured elephants were part of the herd that had caused conflicts around Pekan Jemaluang, Felda Tenggaroh, Kampung Wak Salam and Kampung Sri Pantai.
"We will monitor the elephants until they are safely moved to new habitats.
"This morning's monitoring found that the remaining elephants from the herd were not in the area and are suspected to have moved into the nearby Jemaluang Forest Reserve," he said. – Bernama