Tuesday, February 07, 2017

BJP raises pitch for restoring jumbo corridors

GUWAHATI: The BJP has raised the pitch for freeing land under various satras (Vaishnavite worship place) from encroachers and restoring elephant corridors across the state.

Among several resolutions taken at the BJP's two-day executive meeting which concluded on Saturday evening, freeing satra land from encroachers and conserving elephant corridors also figured prominently.

"The meeting thanked the state government for carrying out successful eviction drives against encroachers in Kaziranga and Sipajhar (Darrang district) since it came to power. The meeting decided to ask the government to take steps to free satra land from encroachers. Many plots belonging to satras are now under encroachment and the settlers have to be evicted," said BJP legislator Bhabesh Kalita.

Freeing satra land from encroachers is one of the electoral promises made by BJP and the meeting has reiterated the commitment it made to people in the run-up to the assembly polls.

Five years ago, the Northeast Policy Institute (NPI) said about 5548 bighas of land belonging to 26 satras were encroached upon by settlers of 'Bangladeshi origin.'

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Friday, December 16, 2016

2 killed in Cox’s Bazar elephant attack

A man and his son-in-law were trampled to death by wild elephants at Sapergara in Pekua upazila of Cox’s Bazar early Thursday.

The deceased were identified as Syed Ahmed, 60, son of Moniruzzaman, and Syed’s son-in-law Mohammad Alamgir, 26, son of Chan Mia, both residents of ward no. 5 under Shilkhali union of the upazila.

Quoting locals, of Shilkhali union chairman Nurul Hossain said a herd of wild elephants descended the nearby hill and started to damage freshly harvested paddy around 4:30 am.

As Syed and Alamgir tried to shoo off the elephants they were trampled to death by the mammoths on the spot, reports UNB news agency.

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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Wild elephant attack kills an old man

Sherpur Correspondent: An old man was killed by the attack of a wild elephant at Balijhuri village near border area of Ranishimul union in Shribardi upazila.

The accident took place on Sunday night around 10:30 pm. when the old man came out from home, at least 50 wild elephants came to the border area of Balijhuri village and attacked the old man. The man died on the spot.

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Elephant ‘trapped, electrocuted’ in Sherpur

Dhaka – A wild elephant reportedly died after getting electrocuted in a trap at Tawakucha village in Kangsa union of Jhinaigati upazila of Sherpur on Monday morning, UNB news agency reported.Quoting locals, Tawakucha beat officer of the Forest Department MD Ashraful Alam said the elephant died around 4.30am.

The reason behind death could not be ascertained. The elephant might have been died being trapped in an electric trap.

Earlier on October 1 last, an elephant was found dead in a paddy field in Panbor area of the village.
Meanwhile, nine people have been killed in separate elephant attacks in the upazila in last one and half month.

Recently, locals started using electric traps to prevent the straying of wild elephants into their habitation.

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

One killed in Sherpur in second wild elephant attack in two days

Wild elephants attacked and killed another person in Sherpur on Saturday, a day after they had killed three in the same area.

Early on Friday, three persons were trampled to death in Jhenaigati Upazila.

The latest victim has been identified 60-year-old Momena Begum, who was attacked in the border village of Tilaparha on Saturday, said Jhenaigati Forestry Department's Beat Officer Ashraful Alam.

“Around 2:30am on Saturday, a wild elephant charged into the victim’s home and trampled her to death,” he said.

In the past one month, wild elephants have killed seven people in the Jhenaigati border region, said Upazila administration chief (UNO) Md Selim Reza.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Man killed in elephant attack in Sherpur

A farmer was trampled to death and two others injured in an attack by wild elephant at Bakura area in Jhinaigati upazila of Sherpur on Monday night.

The deceased was identified as Bachhiram Chambugong, 60, son of Kantram Sangmar of the area.

Jahirul Islam, chairman of Kangsha union parishad, said a herd of elephants numbering 60-70 went down the hills around 7:30pm and damaged a paddy field in the area.

When the locals tried to ward off the elephants, the mammoths attacked the them which left Bacchiram dead and two others injured. Acow was also killed during the confrontation.

With the latest incident, death toll due to wild elephant attacks in Kangsha union over the last one month rises to four.

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Monday, October 10, 2016

Tamed elephant dies of electrocution in Ctg

A tamed elephant that escaped from a group of three was electrocuted in Hathazari upazila of Chittagong last night.

When the mahout with the three elephants came from Kaptai area, one of them got separated, reports our Chittagong correspondent quoting Chairman of the union, Bakar Siddique.

At one stage, one of the separated elephant went into a rampage at a village in Maddhaquaish village of Shikarpur union around 7:00pm yesterday, the chairman said.

The elephant attacked the thatched house of one Abul Malek before it came in contact with live electric wire after colliding with an electric pole, he said.

The process of body recovery was underway, the correspondent reports quoting Jahangir Alam, assistant conservator of Forest of the Bangladesh Forest Department.

Another elephant among the three also escaped and was roaming at Burishchar union of Hathazari upazila, the forest official said.

However, the whereabouts of the mahout could not be known yet.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

Wild elephants kill 2 villagers, injure 3 in southern Bangladesh

OX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh - Two wild elephants have killed two villagers and injured three in a remote village in southern Bangladesh.

Forest Department official Sheikh Abdul Wahab said a man and a woman were killed separately early Wednesday in Uttar Para village.They attacked while villagers were either asleep or were preparing their dawn meal before their daytime Ramadan fast.

Wahab said 22-year-old Amena Begum was attacked outside her house and was unable to get inside. The man was killed while on his way to a mosque alone.

Villagers said the elephants stayed in the village while ignoring blank gunshots fired by forest officials. Elephants often go into villages searching for food or after being disturbed by illegal loggers.

Uttar Para is in a coastal district bordering a forested region of Myanmar.

Two elephants killed, one injured by goods train

Two elephants, including a tusker, were killed and another injured after being hit by a goods train in Keonjhar district of Odisha early today, official sources said.

A herd of elephants was crossing the railway track in Champua forest range area when they were hit by a wagon carrying coal from Paradip to Jamshedpur, a senior forest official said.

While a tusker and a female pachyderm died on the spot, an elephant calf was injured after being flung into a ditch near the railway track, Champua forest ranger S Mishra said.

The driver of the goods train, Gautam Patel, has been arrested and the train detained at Jurudi railway station, he said.

Keonjhar DFO Ajay Kumar Jena and other senior forest officials rushed to the site after the mishap.

Train movement on the route was disrupted for a long time as the carcasses were lying on the track.

Two other elephants were killed after a train hit them recently in the same area, the sources said

Press Trust of India / Keonjhar (Odisha)

Banished from their homes

Man-animal conflicts are on the rise across the country, because wild animals are being increasingly pushed out of their habitat by human activities. Their departure has exposed our forests and water sources to destruction
In 1967, a wild tigress from the Chandaka forest on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar walked into the Nandankanan Zoo nearby, lured by the calls of a male tiger in one of the moated exhibits. It jumped in to join him, surely unaware that there was no way out. The tigress — later named ‘Kanan’ — lived on in the zoo. Predictably the Press went to town about “the wild tigress who voluntarily chose captivity.” For the State forest department it was a bonanza, for the then fledgling zoo got a new ‘free’ tiger. Few thought of the only, lonely tigress who had simply responded to the call of her own. She was the last wild tiger in Chandaka.
The forest, however, continued to be a refuge for elephants, leopards, sloth bears, jungle cats and a host of bird species, and was declared the Chandaka-Dampara Wildlife Sanctuary in 1982, intended to protect elephants and serve as Bhubaneswar’s ‘green lungs’. Over time, the dynamics of the city and the forest have changed. Bhubaneswar today bears little semblance to the quaint capital built in 1948. In its vision for the coming decades, Odisha aims at transforming the Chaudwar-Cuttack-Bhubaneswar-Khurda urban conglomerate into a metropolis that will replace Kolkata as the ‘hub of the east’.
Going full throttle to achieve this vision, the region has seen rapid, and ill-planned expansion which has isolated Chandaka Bharatpur forest, a part of the Chandka sanctuary juts into the city and has practically been severed from the rest of the sanctuary. Gated colonies, large institutes (Bhubaneswar has over a 100 engineering colleges, plus a number of management and other institutes) and tech-parks have come up in between, leaving a few elephants trapped permanently inside the 10 sq km degraded, weed-ridden scrub that is Bharatpur today.
Until 2002, Chandaka had over 80 elephants living in its 190 sq km area. Conflict was a perennial problem in the villages around, and became more severe as the city grew. The relatively new suburbs of the city sometimes had their residents jolted out of prime time TV when a herd of elephants would show up on their driveways. Crackers, crowds, mobs and mayhem invariably followed — sometimes with tragic results. The elephants had nowhere to go; they got little sanctuary in Chandaka. Overgrazed by cattle and exploited for firewood, the habitat itself was turning increasingly unsuitable, even hostile. Villagers had encroached, and when the elephants raided their fields, they were riddled with shotgun pellets. Wounded, over time some elephants died a slow, painful death.
In 2002-2003, a herd of over 20 elephants migrated out of Chandaka in a southerly direction — a route never in history known to be used by them. They crossed the busy four-lane NH-5 just outside Bhubaneswar and made for Barunei Hill, moving onwards, traversing villages, cultivation, the Tangi-Ranpur ‘Mal’ forests and into the relatively well protected Barbara reserve forest — traditionally not known to harbour elephants.
When Chandaka deteriorated further, especially post 2006, more herds followed. The desperate, bewildered elephants were on the run, hounded by mobs and harassed by terrified villagers. Some reached Chilika, a few fell by the wayside, succumbing to sheer exhaustion. Reportedly, only about 20 of the original 85-odd elephants now survive in Chandaka. The ‘emigrants’ are now constantly on the run — from one conflict situation to another, across southern-coastal Odisha, where neither can the forests support them, nor are the farmers used to elephants.
Conflict has intensified to such an extent in southern coastal Odisha now, that the State’s forest department has deployed almost its entire force of captive elephants as ‘kunkis’ in the region to contain the conflict. The elephants are running out of space, and out of time. Yet, there is hope.
Two years ago, a herd of elephants from across the Mahanadi came to Chandaka — and went back again after a short stay, proving that old corridors linking Chandaka to the gene pool of the Mahanadi Elephant Reserve, which also includes the Satkosia Tiger Reserve, through the Athgarh and to the Kapilas Hills, still exist. Since then, a few more herds have begun using this route. If Chandaka is protected, its habitat restored and the villages inside it rehabilitated, it can once again be a safe haven for elephants.
It is equally critical to protect the fragile links of this forest to Athgarh and Kapilas for the long-term persistence of elephants in this landscape, and to address and minimise conflict. Interestingly, elephants from the Athgarh-Chandaka region were considered the most ‘robust and strong’, and were much coveted as war elephants.
Saving Chandka and elephant corridors requires a consistent effort, commitment and a tremendous amount of will, but surely in a country where the elephant is worshipped as Ganesha, and in a State where elephants are deeply rooted in ancient culture, this should be the priority.
The decay of Chandaka and its wildlife is a reflection of the larger picture of our ‘protected areas’, particularly those which have the misfortune of neighbouring a city. Hardwar and Rishikesh are crowding Rajaji National Park, which must also bear the brunt of the ancillary development of the capital, Dehradun, a mere 35km away. Dachigaam National Park is a jewel on the outskirts of Srinagar, with the expanding capital pressing in. Conflict with black bears has reached worrying proportions —  a bear was burnt alive when it ventured into human habitation in 2006. Ratapani, once the hunting grounds of the nawabs of Bhopal, is fragmented by highways, railway lines and the swell of the capital.
Reports of a tigress with cubs in outskirts of Bhopal have been doing the rounds since last year. Gurgaon has bulldozed the forests of the ancient Aravallis — and with it has gone the unique biodiversity that these hills supported. Water, a gift of the Aravallis, has vanished too. The Aravalli hills are a critical groundwater recharge system in this otherwise arid north-west of India and contain the catchment of Damdama, the last remaining major perennial lake here.
The Punjab and Haryana High Court had wondered on August 1, in response to a PIL, “Where will the next generation go if we extract the complete groundwater?” And therein lies the logic of saving Chandaka and its elephants, Dachigaam and its hangul, Ratapani (and Rajaji) and its tigers.
Not only does wilderness provide us precious intangible values, but it is the key to our water and ecological security, and to also our future.
(The author is a member, National Board of Wildlife.)

Friday, May 08, 2009

Wild elephants crush three in Bangladesh

Independent Online
April 22 2009

Dhaka - Wild elephants trampled to death three people, including two children, in far south-eastern Bangladesh as they were collecting firewood, media reports said on Wednesday.

They were trampled on Tuesday at Teknaf hill near the Bangladesh-Myanmar border, 374 kilometres south-east of the capital, Dhaka.

Two of the victims died on the spot when the elephants crushed them after knocking down while the third victim succumbed to her injuries at a nearby health complex, said Yunus Sheikh, a vice-chairperson of the Teknaf subdistrict.

Elephant attacks in Bangladesh have become a fairly regular phenomenon as their forest habitat dwindles because of human encroachment.

According to the World Conservation Union, an average of 40 people are killed by elephants each year in Bangladesh, which is home to about 400 elephants.

Friday, September 05, 2008

Wild elephants kill two in Bangladesh village

Aug 6, 2008

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Aug 6 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a village killed a woman and her baby along Bangladesh's border with Myanmar, forest officials said on Wednesday.

The elephants also destroyed two houses and damaged crops on Tuesday at remote Tulatali village, about 500 km (310 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, they said.

Officials said there were about six elephants, an endangered species in Bangladesh, in the herd.

Including the latest victims, 11 people have been trampled to death and several injured by elephants in the hilly Bandarban district along the border over the past two months, police said.

Attacks by wild elephants have increased in recent years and forest officials blame the loss of forest habitat because of encroachment by the country's growing number of people.

One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 100 in captivity.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wild elephants kill 4 in Bangladesh hills

The Times of India
11 Jul 2008

DHAKA: A herd of wild elephants on Friday trampled to death four members of a family in remote southeastern hills prompting over 100 families in the area to flee for safety, officials said.

Four members of a farmer family, including two minors, were killed while asleep at their thatched house when a herd of around eight elephants strayed into their remote village at Lama area of Bandarban hill district.

The herd also levelled four households and several rural shops. More than hundred families in the neighbourhood fled their homes as the elephants had killed another person at the same village just a week ago, a police official said.

A local reporter said he had reported 18 deaths from elephant attacks in the past two months in Lama area as wild elephants come down to villages in search of food, targeting harvested heaps of paddy and banana gardens.

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Monday, May 05, 2008

Wild elephants kill children in Bangladesh villages

Apr 28, 2008

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, April 28 (Reuters) - Two children were trampled to death and a man maimed as straying wild elephants destroyed two villages over the last 24 hours in southeastern Bangladesh, officials said on Monday.

A girl was killed and six bamboo houses flattened as elephants ravaged a village near Cox's Bazar district town, 400 km (250 miles) from the capital Dhaka on Monday.

A boy was killed and a man seriously injured when wild elephants strayed into another village in the same district on Sunday. Five houses were levelled by the rampaging elephants.

In both the attacks, the villagers fled their homes but later returned with drums and firecrackers to scare off the herds of wild elephants.

Attacks by elephant have become frequent in Bangladesh in recent years, as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by people, forest officials say.

On average, nearly 20 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

Wild elephants stray into Bangladesh village, kill man

February 9, 2008

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, Feb 9 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a Bangladesh village killed a man, injured another and trampled several homes on Saturday, forest officials said.

The incident occurred at a village near Ramu, about 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka, said an official of Bangladesh Forest Department.

Villagers, who were caught off guard, fled their homes, but later returned with drums and firecrackers to scare off the herd of around six elephants.

The elephants also devoured rice stocks, fruits and soft plants and destroyed some standing crops in the tiny village.

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Friday, January 25, 2008

Elephants kill man, destroy homes in Bangladesh

Jan 24, 2008

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh (Reuters) - One man was killed and another injured in attacks by wild elephants that strayed into villages and trampled homes and crops in Bangladesh, police said on Thursday.

They said the elephants stormed into different villages near a forest about 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka on Wednesday.

The victims were working in their fields when the elephants came out of the forest, witnesses told police.

Attacks by elephant have become frequent in recent years, as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by people, forest officials say.

On average, 15 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year.

One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 300 in the wild.

Sunday, January 13, 2008

Wild elephant kills one in northern Bangladesh

January 11, 2008

DHAKA, Jan 11 (Reuters) - A wild elephant straying into a village trampled a man to death and injured at least 15 people in Bangladesh on Friday, police and forest officials said.

The incident occurred at a village in Lalmonirhat district, 350 km (215 miles) north of the capital near the Indian border.

"The elephant apparently broke from its herd and lost its way and entered the Bangladesh village from nearby Indian forest," one Lalmonirhat police official said.

Elephants, an endangered species in Bangladesh, kill 15 people on average annually in the South Asian nation, where in recent years their forest habitats have shrunk due to encroachment by the rising human population.

One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 100 in captivity.

Monday, December 31, 2007

Wild elephants kill 4 people in Cox'sBazar

The New Nation
December 28. 2007

A group of wild elephants, came down from the hilly terrain, today killed four people including a mother and two children at Eidgaon area of Sadar Upazila under the district.

The angry elephants also damaged eight households in Satgharia Para of West Gazalia of Islamabad union in the same Upazila.

The elephants were hungry and became mad, according to the experts of the Department of Forest.

Police and the local residents said the elephants at first attacked the house of Mojaher Mia and his wife Sakera Begum, 32, and his three years old child Abdul Aziz were trampled to death under the feet of the elephants. The elephants also ransacked the home of neighbouring Syed Alam and killed his six month old daughter Sabekunnahar.

In the afternoon, the wild elephants killed Julia Begum, 60, wife of Kader Hossain at the village Villagea Para of the Islampur union under the same Upzila. Locals are now under panic due to rising fierceness of the wild elephants who are becoming more angry for absence of food in the jungle.

Experts say, the number of wild elephants are alarmingly falling in the region due to extreme inhabitable condition. They often come down to the plain lands for food.

Monday, August 27, 2007

Wild elephant kills one, injures two in Bangladesh

People's Daily Online
August 26, 2007

A wild elephant rampaged through a village in Bangladesh's Chittagong district, 264 km southeast of capital Dhaka, early Saturday, killing a girl and injuring two others.

Locals was quoted by private news agency UNB as saying the elephant came down from a nearby hill and tore through the house of Omar Faruq at Chunati village around 6 a.m. when the victims were asleep.

The elephant stampeded Faruq's daughter Halima Begum, 19, to death and injured his granddaughter Minhaj, 8, and relative Sanwara Begum, 35.

Hearing their screams, villagers rushed in and used torches to scare away the elephant.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Wild Elephants Trample Two Sleeping Boys To Death In Bangladesh

Siddique Islam, All Headline News
June 24, 2007

Sherpur, Bangladesh (AHN) - Two tribal boys were killed in an attack by wild elephants from across the border at Panihata village under Nalitabari upazila of the country's central district Sherpur on Saturday, officials and locals said.

A herd of eight wild elephants coming from the Indian state of Meghalaya entered the bordering area and attacked the house of Ilias Sangma at the village at around 4:00 a.m. (local time) when the family members were asleep. The elephants damaged the house and trampled Ilias' two sons--Faruque Sangma and Bipul Sangma -- to death.

According to reports, the elephants also damaged three other adjacent houses and uprooted a number of trees. Oftentimes herds of wild elephants march from across the border and attack the villages.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Woman trampled to death by wild elephants

Daily Star
June 11, 2007

Wild elephants trampled a tribal woman to death at village Dhopajuri in Haluaghat, a frontier upazila of the district on Saturday night.
The victim was identified as Alpana Chirang, 25, wife of Abdul Khaleque.

Alpana fell victim as a herd of wild elephants from across the Indian border entered the village at around 11:00pm and started ransacking the houses to eat stored paddy, police and locals said.
Alpana's one and a half year-old daughter was also injured.
Later the villagers chased the elephants away

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Wild elephants kill two villagers in Bangladesh

22 May 2007

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 22 (Reuters) - Wild elephants trampled two people to death and destroyed 20 bamboo homes when they strayed into a Bangladesh village on Tuesday.

The herd of some 10 elephants also uprooted trees and damaged crops in Mithachhari, near Cox's Bazar town, 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.

Police said some seven people have been trampled to death by wild elephants in the last two months at Cox's Bazar district alone.

Records show that at least 15 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year.

Elephants stray into villages as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by the rising human population, forest officials say.

One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 300 in the wild.

Thursday, May 17, 2007

Rampaging elephants kill villager in Bangladesh

16 May 2007

COX'S BAZAR, Bangladesh, May 16 (Reuters) - Wild elephants straying into a village trampled a man to death and destroyed 30 bamboo-made houses in Bangladesh on Wednesday, police and forestry officials said.

The attack by the elephants occurred at Eidgaon, near Cox's Bazar town, 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.

Crops were damaged and trees uprooted as the herd of some 10 elephants strayed into the village from a nearby forest.

At least 15 people are killed by elephants in Bangladesh each year as their forest habitats shrink due to encroachment by the rising human population, forest officials say.

One of the world's most densely populated nations, Bangladesh has forest cover of only 17.5 percent. There are around 400 elephants in the country -- including 300 in the wild.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Elephants kill two Bangladeshi children

Independent Online
April 18 2007

Cox's Bazar - Wild elephants straying into a village trampled two nine-year-old children to death in southeastern Bangladesh on Wednesday, police and forestry officials said.

The victims, a boy and a girl, failed to escape when a herd of elephants swooped on their village near a forest at Ramu, 430km southeast of the capital Dhaka.

The elephants also destroyed five houses, uprooted trees and demolished standing crops.

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Monday, April 09, 2007

Bangladesh elephant dies in fight with another

March 23, 2007

A century-old elephant died after a rare fight with another elephant in a Bangladesh forest, officials said on Thursday.
Forest officials retrieved the dead elephant, a male around 100 years old, and conducted an autopsy which suggested it died of injuries inflicted in a clash with another male.
"The two tusks, each weighing 15 kg, were chopped off from the dead elephant and will be preserved, but the body has been buried," said Avoni Kumar Tagore, a forest official at Cox's Bazar, 400 km (250 miles) southeast of the capital Dhaka.

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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Number of elephants decreasing fast

By Sheikh Arif Bulbon, The New Nation
February 25, 2007
The number of elephants is alarmingly decreasing in forests of Cox's Bazar and Teknaf, where once one-third of elephant population of the country was found, due to undue pressure of deforestation and increasing of human activities in forest areas.
According to the last census of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), there are only 30 to 35 elephants in forests of Teknaf and Southern Cox's Bazar regions.
The Teknaf Game Reserve is one of the five protected areas where the Forest Department has initiated the co-management approach situated at Damdamia in the south of Cox's Bazar. The Game Reserve provides a vital sanctuary for a wide variety of wildlife, especially elephants. It was established in 1983 under the Wildlife Act of 1973. It was previously Teknaf Reserve Forest. It includes an area formerly referred to as the Thainkhali Game Reserve (7,770 hectres). Currently it covers an area of 11,615 hectres, making it the third largest protected areas after Sunderbans and Pablakhali Wildlife Sanctuaries. Day to day management activities by the Nishorgo Support Programme (NSP), a protected area management programme, are carried out from two ranges namely Teknaf and Whykong.
Raquibul Amin of IUCN said, "During 1980s the Reserve contained about half of the mammals and one-third (101) of the elephant population of the country. Many wildlife have already been on the verge of extinction and elephants are in high risk of extinction not only in Bangladesh as well as in Asia due to the loss of forest cover, loss of corridor and the forest fragmentation."

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Saturday, December 02, 2006

2 Killed in Attack of Elephants

The Daily Star
December 2, 2006

Unb, Jamalpur

Two people were killed by wild elephants in Dewanganj upazila of the district yesterday and the day before.

Shaila Begum, 50, of Chitalidighar village came under attack by a herd of wild elephants while she was collecting firewood at about 9:00am yesterday. She died instantly.

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Thursday, November 09, 2006

Wild elephants rampage through village, kill one

Wild elephants rampage through village, kill one

The Associated Press

A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a northern Bangladeshi village, damaging crops and homes, and killing one elderly man, a news report said Thursday.

The incident occurred late Wednesday in Sherpur district, 144 kilometers (90 miles) north of the capital, Dhaka, the United News of Bangladesh agency reported.

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

Elephants attack Bangladesh village, kill one

Elephants attack Bangladesh village, kill one
November 2, 2006

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh, Nov 2 (Reuters) - A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in southeastern Bangladesh on Thursday, killing a boy and injuring 15 people, police and witnesses said.

The herd of about 10 elephants also demolished 20 bamboo-made houses and destroyed crops and trees at Sayedabad 330 km (210 miles) from the capital, Dhaka.

Villagers later chased the elephants away by beating drums and setting off firecrackers.

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Thursday, October 19, 2006

Police: Elephants kill 5

Police: Elephants kill 5
Associated Press
October 19. 2006

CHITTAGONG, Bangladesh - A herd of wild elephants rampaged through a village in southeastern Bangladesh early Thursday, killing five members of a sleeping family, police said.

The victims, including two children, were asleep in their thatched hut when they were trampled to death by elephants that had been foraging outside a nearby forest. The elephants destroyed more than a dozen thatched huts in Bashkhali village, about 140 miles southeast of the capital, Dhaka, the area's police chief Zahirul Islam told the Associated Press.

Villagers used flaming torches to scare away the herd of about 12 elephants, he said.