Kerala

Challenges Ahead for Operation Belur Makhna

Navigating Unexpected Obstacles: The Mission to Capture the Rogue Elephant Faces Setbacks

Mananthavadi: The Mission to Capture the Wild Elephant, ‘Belur Makhna,’ has encountered significant setbacks for the second consecutive day. The situation’s urgency stems from the elephant’s intrusion into populated areas, escalating the Wildlife Conflict. After its intrusion, the attack resulted in the tragic demise of farmer and tractor driver Ajeesh. The crisis deepens as the elusive elephant evades capture, reportedly hidden from the mission team. With the pachyderm heading towards the Mannundi Colony area, the mission team is racing against time.

Key Points

  • Mission to capture rogue elephant Belur Makhna faces challenges.

  • Top officials, including Divisional Forest Officers and veterinary officers, mobilize resources to aid in the capture effort.

  • The incident underscores broader concerns about an escalating wildlife conflict in Kerala.

Top Officials Mobilize Resources

Four trained elephants have been deployed to aid in the capture effort. Their expertise is crucial in navigating the treacherous terrain and apprehending elusive elephants. The team tracked the elephant’s movements by utilizing signals from the rodeo collar attached to Belur Makhna. Meanwhile, top officials from the forest department have descended upon Mananthavadi to oversee the operation. Five Divisional Forest Officers (DFOs) and four veterinary officers work together on this mission.

In light of the imminent threat the roaming elephant poses, authorities have issued stern warnings to the public. They urge them to exercise caution and avoid unnecessary outings. Forest Minister AK Saseendran has assured swift action plans to transport the killer elephant for further evaluation. However, the ultimate decision regarding the elephant’s fate remains pending.

Broader Concerns Prompt Intervention

The presence of Belur Makhna in Mananthavadi harks back to its capture by the Karnataka Forest Department on October 30, 2023. The elephant was part of a spate of crop destruction and residential attacks in Belur, Hassan Forest Division. After affixing a radio collar, the elephant was released into the Moolahalli forest near the Kerala border.

The incident underscores a broader issue of an escalating wildlife conflict in Kerala. It prompted intervention from the central government. Rajya Sabha member Jebi Methar made an impassioned plea to Union Forest and Environment Minister Bhupendra Yadav. Her plea highlights the urgent need for measures to mitigate wildlife disturbances and protect human lives and livelihoods.

As Kerala grapples with the repercussions of increased wildlife encroachment, the plight of individuals like Ajeesh serves as a sobering reminder. It underscores the delicate balance between human habitation and the natural world. The mission to capture Belur Makhna unfolds; it serves as a microcosm of the region’s broader challenges facing wildlife conservation efforts. Through concerted action and collaboration, we can only find a sustainable solution to the burgeoning human-wildlife conflict plaguing Kerala’s hinterlands.

Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is a seasoned Political Journalist with a deep passion for Indian Politics. With over a decade of experience in the field, he has established himself as a trusted… More »

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