Reckless use of darts turn elephants hostile

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 30 May 2018 11:14:32


Staff Reporter


As the reports of dart failing to tranquilise the elephants have emerged, environmentalists have raised concerns that constant chasing and darting may turn the gentile giants aggressive.Conveying his concerns in a letter to Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) R K Singh, Environmentalist Nitin Singhvi stated news of darts failing to sedate the matriarch of the 19-member Elephant herd of Barnawapara. The NGO that Forest Department has roped in, has expertise in tranquilizing the circus elephants. The same NGO had refused taking the rescue work of Sonu in Achanakmar Tiger Reserve in the past.

According to the reports, a team of 35 men suddenly came across two wild elephants a couple of days ago. The team shot darts at them, but it failed to knock out the jumbos. Such reckless use of darts without any proper planning may backfire on the efforts. Continuously chasing the herd of elephants and shooting them with darts may stress out the animals and it may result in any untoward incident. To control the situation, they must tranquilize the matriarch with extreme care. Singhvi requested PCCF for exercising utmost precaution while tranquilizing the elephants, lest they may end up agitating the animals.