IPOH – The Perak Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Perhilitan) has relocated three wild elephants which destroyed crops in Kampung Ulu Chemor here to the Royal Belum Forest Reserve, here today.
The relocation of the three named as Mek Chemor, Mat Manjoi and Mat Kinta, captured last Friday was assisted by the National Elephant Conservation Centre (NECC) in Kuala Gandah, Temerloh, Pahang.
Two female elephants named Rambai and Abot brought from NECC were also used to act as decoy in the operation.
NECC Elephant Unit head Nasharuddin Othman said the herd of elephants were believed to have strayed from the Korbu Forest Reserve, Sungai Siput and set foot in the village area since last February.
“This was the first time the village was attacked by elephants. Last Thursday the villagers had once again lodged a report after their crops were destroyed by the herd.
“In the operation, a mother elephant, aged about 35 years and weighing 35 tonnes, and two male baby elephants managed to be captured. Several more elephants which had escaped are still being tracked down,” said Nasharuddin who led the operation with 19 personnel of Perak Perhilitan and NECC.
Nasharuddin also reminded the villagers not take their own action if they came across the elephants as it could be dangerous.
Meanwhile Hulu Kinta State Assemblyman Datuk Aminuddin Md Hanafiah commended the Perak Perhilitan and NECC for their efficiency in capturing the animals.
He said their fast action had not only prevented the safety of the villagers from being endangered but also minimised the destruction of crops. – BERNAMA