03 June Saturday

Forest Dept Agrees To Release Aricomban Into Either Kodanad Sanctuary or Deep Forest

Web Desk (Tvm)Updated: Wednesday Mar 29, 2023

Kochi: The Forest Department submitted  affidavit in the High Court promising to either relocate Arikompan at Kodanad Reserve or into deep forest after  radio collaring him. The dept told the court it was however essential that Arikoman – the tusker targeted for capture over rampages in human settlement – be moved from his current location of Shantanpara, Chinnakanal.

Since 2005, 34 people have been killed by elephants in the Chinnakanal-Shanthanpara area, where man-wildlife conflict occurs owing to human settlement existing inside the reserve. Of the victims, seven are believed to have been killed by Aricomban. The tusker is also blamed for wrecking 31 buildings  In 2017, 52 houses and shops became target to elephant rampage.

Meanwhile, the Forest dept brought to court attention that Aricomban has been captured and released before, but repeated his return to where humans lived. Earlier, when released into Periyar Tiger Reserve, residents raised protest  over his presence there. The court ruling, after due consideration of all aspects, is expected to be handed soon.