Five killed in elephant attacks in Jhapa in a year

People chase away wild elephants near the India-Nepal border. (Photo: courtesy: WWF)

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Jhapa: A total of five persons have lost their lives in wild elephant attacks in Jhapa in the current fiscal year.

Two elephants were also killed during the period, according to the Division Forest Office, Jhapa. All those killed in wild mammoth attacks were elderly people.

Most of them were fatally attacked by wild elephants while they were working in the forest or farmland, the Division Forest Office said.

Assistant forester Raj Kumar Khatri shared that most of the attacks were recorded in the wee hours or dusk. Among the wild elephants coming from India in herds on a daily basis, 13 have been staying in Jhapa’s forest permanently.

The conflict between humans and elephants continues in Jhapa for the past four decades. The loss of human lives and properties due to wild elephant attacks has not stopped yet, said elephant conservationist Shanker Luintel.

Meanwhile, a young elephant and an adult one were found dead at Ayabari of Buddha Shanti rural municipality-5 and Dahijhoda community forest of Arjundhara Municipality-4 in Jhapa district respectively, added Khattri.

Electric fencing was found around the dead mammoths hinting at the possibility of the wild elephants being intentionally electrocuted by the locals, he opined.