4 jumbos enroute from Karnataka to Pilibhit; road safety major concern | Bareilly News


PILIBHIT: The forest authorities are taking extra precautions to avoid any mishap during translocating four jumbos from Karnataka to Pilibhit tiger reserve (PTR) via Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh.
For this purpose, a team of experts from PTR, including a veterinary officer, sub-divisional forest officer, forest range officer, forest inspector, forest guard and five mahouts, has been constituted to shift the jumbos – two males and two females.
“The jumbos will be covering a distance of about 3,000 km in a convoy of trucks. We have obtained the transit permit and informed the chief wildlife wardens and police officials of all the concerned states so that they can take all the necessary precautions from their end,” said Lalit Verma, chief conservator of Bareilly zone.
The elephants will undertake combing operations to locate stray tigers. The official records of PTR show that so far over 30 villagers have been killed in man-tiger conflicts in the last 7 years. “These elephants will make the task of monitoring stray tigers in cropped fields much easier,” said Naveen Khandelwal, the divisional forest officer (DFO) of PTR, adding that “Of the four, one male and one female elephant are aged between 5 and 6 years while the other two are about 12 years old.”
Dr Daksh Gangwar, PTR’s veterinarian, informed that a team of five mahouts from Karnataka will stay in PTR for a few months to assist the jumbos in responding to commands in Hindi. “A wildlife veterinarian from Karnataka, Dr Vinay Shivmurti, will join the jumbos in their journey. We are also carrying a tranquiliser gun, sedatives and medical kit in case of any emergency,” he said.

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