WILDLIFE: Save-jumbo appeal to Mamata – and will she ever listen or is even the least bothered about the plight of the North and Darjeeling ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Calcutta, June 9: Bengal forest minister Ananta Roy said today that he would request railway minister Mamata Banerjee to divert night trains running through the Dooars forest to check incidents of elephant deaths on tracks.
Two elephants were mowed down by speeding trains in the Buxa Tiger Reserve recently.
“It has become quite alarming that 20 elephants and seven bison have been killed in railway accidents in the Dooars in the past three years. I shall write to the railway minister, requesting her to see that trains, especially goods carriers, running at night be diverted to avoid the Dooars forests. I shall also request her to build elevated tracks in the Dooars for the free movement of animals,” Roy said.
He also said elephants from Dalma could not walk through the corridors in south Bengal because of firing and bombing by Maoists and the animals were trying to enter Bankura.
Elephant kills guard – do elephants ever forget ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH
Siliguri, June 8: Kaziman Chhetri, a forest guard, was killed by an elephant at Punding in Mahananda Wildlife Sanctuary today.
The elephant lifted the 47-year-old guard, posted in Wildlife Division I, with its trunk and flung him away. He died on way to hospital.
Chhetri was patrolling the forest when the attack took place. The body was sent to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital for post-mortem and foresters are keeping a close watch over the movement of the killer animal.
SPECIAL WILDLIFE PHOTO FEATURE: Understanding Elephant Behaviour … and living in peaceful co-existence ?!!
From our Special Correspondent in Qatar
Zambia: A regular occurrence at the Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is a serene walk through of a herd of wild African elephants, where the lodge was unwittingly built on the Elephant’s traditional path through to some wild mango trees on the property.
The herd of a dozen or so elephants walk through the
lodge’s reception area at least twice a day for about 4 weeks and then sporadically for about another 3 weeks to feed on the trees.
No untoward incidents have been reported to date !