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Keeping elephants away in Karnataka – by cutting 10,000 hectares of teak trees

Karnataka’s forest department has come up with a rather bizarre solution to end the age-old conflict between humans and elephants. It plans to cut down 10,000 hectares of teak plantations in two tiger sanctuaries in order to grow food for elephants so that the pachyderms don’t go looking for food in human settlements, where they cause chaos.

The elephant population in Karnataka is currently estimated to be in the range of 7,000 to 8,000 animals. The forest department’s reasoning is that the government spends a considerable amount of money to keep elephants in their natural abode. And, when elephants enter human habitations in search of food, the government is again forced to pay compensation for the loss of lives and crops. The department reckons that the proposal will save the government money in the long run.

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