‘ELE­PHANTS STRAYED FROM HERD’

It is not be­cause of ram­pant log­ging, says Wildlife Depart­ment

New Straits Times - - News - SHARIFAH MAHSINAH AB­DUL­LAH KOTA BARU shar­i­fahmah@nst.com.my

THE state Wildlife Depart­ment yes­ter­day de­nied that wild ele­phants had en­tered vil­lage ar­eas be­cause of ram­pant log­ging in jun­gles.

State Wildlife direc­tor Mohd Hasdi Husin said the depart­ment be­lieved that the ele­phants had lost their way af­ter be­ing separated from their herds.

“Our in­ves­ti­ga­tions found that the ma­jor­ity of the five ele­phants we cap­tured this year had strayed from their habi­tat and could not find their way back (to the jun­gle),” he said yes­ter­day.

He said this when asked whether ram­pant log­ging con­trib­uted to the ris­ing num­ber of ele­phants caught by the depart­ment this year.

Hasdi said five ele­phants were cap­tured by the depart­ment’s rangers since early this year, with the lat­est be­ing on Mon­day.

He said a male ele­phant was cap­tured in Taman Wangi near Gua Mu­sang af­ter it was found roam­ing near the Gua Mu­sang fire sta­tion.

He said the jumbo was be­lieved to have come out from the jun­gle near Gu­nung Rabong and had been roam­ing the area for sev­eral hours be­fore he was cap­tured.

“The male jumbo, weigh­ing about one tonne, is be­lieved to be be­tween 12 and 15 years old.

“It will be sent to Kuala Gan­dah, in Pa­hang, as soon as pos­si­ble,” he added.

Hasdi said three of the five ele­phants were cap­tured in Gua Mu­sang, while the other two were cap­tured in Jeli.

PIC COUR­TESY OF KELANTAN WILDLIFE DEPART­MENT

A male ele­phant was cap­tured on Mon­day near Gua Mu­sang, Kelantan.

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