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Forest Entry Restricted in Kanchanpur Amid Escalating Wild Elephant Movements

२०८० कार्तिक २६, ०६:२७ Dineshkhabar Desk

Kanchanpur: In response to the escalating movements of a herd of 30 to 35 wild elephants in the Kanchanpur region, authorities have imposed a ban on entry into the local forests. The decision, aimed at safeguarding human lives, comes as the elephants traverse nearby settlements, prompting concerns over potential human-wildlife conflicts.

Bahadur Singh Mahara, President of the Baijnath Community Forest Users Group, affirmed that the prohibition on entering the forest area encompasses activities such as grazing, collecting firewood, and herding cattle and goats. He emphasized the need for caution, particularly as the elephants display heightened aggression during their breeding season.

A public notice has been issued to discourage entry into the forest area, underscoring the necessity of preventing potential harm due to the unpredictable behavior of the elephants. To enhance monitoring efforts, CCTV cameras have been strategically installed along elephant pathways.

Mahara further emphasized the importance of preserving the elephant corridor, stretching from Dudhuwa to Chure, and advocated for the resettlement of residents within the corridor to minimize both human and physical damage. Addressing the situation, Shivraj Abasthi, Information Officer of the Division Forest Office in Kanchanpur, highlighted the presence of older elephants in each herd, contributing to the need for increased vigilance and protective measures.

Dineshkhabar Desk

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