Jamshedpur, Aug. 8: Elephant herds, after staying anchored at Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary for six months, have begun their annual migration to neighbouring Bengal.
A herd of 15, including some calves, was the first to leave the sprawling sanctuary last afternoon, while five more were spotted in the corridors leading to jungles of West Midnapore and Bankura in the small hours today. Around 70 out of the 156 Dalma elephants have already started ambling towards Bengal.
As a precautionary measure, the Mango range office of the sanctuary distributed firecrackers among residents of villages along the jumbo corridors. “Elephants often stray into these villages. Thus, it is necessary to equip villagers with firecrackers so that they can ward off straying animals,” said range officer Mangal Kachap.
He added that some herds were currently stationed near Nutandih, Bataluka and Chimti villages inside the 192sqkm reserve.
“They are expected to leave for Bengal in some days. We have asked trackers to keep tabs on the movement of elephants,” Kacchap said.
Elephants from the sanctuary embark on an annual journey to Bengal in August-September every year, following two designated corridors.