Sunday, 3 November 2019

Elephant kills five villagers during rampage in Assam State, India.

Five villagers, including an eleven-year-old boy have been killed by a rampaging Elephant. The incident happened on Wednesday 30 October 2019 in the village of Bolatar in Goalpara District, after a male Elephant thought to be in musth (a periodic condition in bull Elephants in which a rise in reproductive hormones leads to highly aggressive behaviour) entered the village. The Elephant is now being tracked by Forest Service officials using tame Elephants and a drone borrowed from the Kaziranga National Park, with a view to tranquilisisng the animal and relocating it to a more suitable area. The Elephant was spotted on 1 November in the Chatabari Forest Reserve.

An Elephant believed to have killed five villagers in Goalpara District, Assam, on 30 October 2019 spotted by a drone in the Chatabari Forest Reserve on 1 November. VCG.

The population of India has risen from 376 million in 1950 to  1339 million today, fuelling an expansion of both urban and agricultural land use into former wilderness areas. Many animals will simply flee such incursions, or, if unable to, are likely to end up in the cooking pots of hungry villagers. Elephants, however, are a somewhat different proposition. They are large animals, not used to being challenged by other animals in their home ranges, and typically live in matriarchal herds of up to a hundred, with herds holding large territories, criss-crossed by Elephant trails. A herd of Elephants encountering a new Human settlement, particularly a poorly defended structure, are unlikely to attempt to go round it, and are quite likely to maximise the damage they cause to show their displeasure. Assam State is very much at the front line of this conflict, with over 750 people and 250 Elephants killed in conflicts between the two species since 2010.

See also...

https://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2019/10/elephas-maximus-borneensis-four-people.htmlhttps://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2019/09/villager-attacked-by-elephant-after.html
https://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2019/06/thailand-farmer-killed-by-elephant.htmlhttps://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2019/06/security-guard-at-south-african-mine.html
https://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2018/11/sumatran-elephant-killed-by-poachers.htmlhttps://sciencythoughts.blogspot.com/2018/07/poacher-killed-in-shootout-with.html
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Kaziranga National Park

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Goalpara district

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Goalpara district

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