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Trained jumbos to track tigers

The state forest department has made plans to bring three kumkis (trained elephants) from Karnataka to keep a watch on the movement of tigers in the Satkosia reserve.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 30.08.18
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Bhubaneswar: The state forest department has made plans to bring three kumkis (trained elephants) from Karnataka to keep a watch on the movement of tigers in the Satkosia reserve.

Residents living near the reserve in Angul district have been making complaints about being in constant fear of being attacked by the tigers over the last few days.

In June, the state had brought a tiger from Kanha National Park in Madhya Pradesh and followed it up by bringing a tigress from the Bandhavgarh National Park. Later, both the animals were released into the forests of Satkosia. Besides these two translocated animals, the reserve has another tigress.

As the new pair have started to mark their territory, scared local villagers have threatened to even kill the two animals.

Aware of the possible man-animal conflict, the state government has given its nod to the forest department's proposal to bring kumkis.

Chief wildlife warden Sandeep Tripathy said: "We have already mooted the proposal to bring kumkis and the state government has agreed to it. We are in touch with the Karnataka government. The kumkis can be used to track the movement of the tigers. They can effectively check the ingress of the tigers to human habitations."

Tripathy said: "They can also be used to keep wild elephants at bay."

Wild animal expert Bijay Ketakn Patnaik, a former forest official, said: "Few years ago, we had brought two kumkis from Karnataka and they were used for various purposes. With the arrivals of the kumkis, the fear of the local residents will be addressed to a great extent."