TUSKER RA­DIO TAGGED TO MON­I­TOR MOVE­MENT

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THE HIN­DUS­TAN­TIMES, 26 MAY, 2019- The wild ele­phant that am­bled through Guwahati in April, bring­ing traf­fic to a stand­still has been fit­ted with a ra­dio col­lar to mon­i­tor its move­ment, for­est depart­ment of­fi­cials said. For­est of­fi­cials said the 20-year-old jumbo has been a fre­quent vis­i­tor to hu­man habi­ta­tions around Am­chang wildlife sanc­tu­ary in Guwahati for a year.“on Wed­nes­day, we tran­quil­lised it in­side the army can­ton­ment, as we drove it out of a vil­lage near the sanc­tu­ary,” Ku­mar said. Bi­joy Go­goi, the vet who tran­quil­lised the tusker, said this was the third time the an­i­mal had been se­dated since Au­gust 2018 when it strayed on to the Na­tional High­way. “The ele­phant seems to have got ha­bit­u­ated to get­ting food eas­ily.” “It is fre­quent­ing hu­man habi­tats, even eat­ing out of trash bins.” Although the ele­phant has no his­tory of at­tack­ing humans or dam­ag­ing prop­erty, there have been in­stances of it dam­ag­ing bam­boo huts while scroung­ing for food, Ku­mar said.

The vet who tran­quil­lised the tusker, said this was the third time the an­i­mal had been se­dated since Au­gust 2018 when it strayed on to the Na­tional High­way. (HT Photo)

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