Nadu, Andhra Pradesh
Uttar Pradesh, Himachal
Pradesh in North India, Assam, Bengal,
Sikkim in East India
Wild elephant electrocuted in West Bengal
(West Bengal): A rampaging adult female elephant was
electrocuted at an Indian army camp at Binnaguri in West
Bengal. The elephant, which came from the Chapramari forest,
first damaged a number of houses before getting entangled
in a school's electrified fencing. "The elephant came
in the village in night. The elephant also attacked some
houses of the village before entering the cantonment area.
It received an electric shock and died there because of
electrocution," said Dilip Toppo, a resident. Wildlife
officials are investigating the matter. A team of veterinarians
will conduct a post mortem to ascertain the exact cause
of the death. Home to 60 per cent of Asia's elephants,
India has the highest death rate from human-elephant conflict,
with 200-250 people and 100 elephants killed annually.
Habitat fragmentation, poaching of tusked males, and patchy
forest law enforcement are problems, but numbers are rebounding.