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Electric wire to stop Dalma elephants

 MPost |  2016-01-24 21:44:29.0  |  Jhargram, West Bengal

The forest department has taken up some measures like installing electric wire fencing to check marauding wild elephants in West Midnapore district of West Bengal.

Electric wire fencings, trenches and watch towers would be set up in several places under Nayagram police station where herds of elephants from Dalma stay for months and destroy crops.

DFO, Kharagpur division, Anjan Guha, said electric fences would be installed at Biribaria and Kalmapukuria under Chadabila forest range.

Low voltage electricity will flow through two stretches of such fence, that will only scare the pachyderms without harming them. 

Besides, Guha said, a four-km-long trench would be dug in Panchkahania and two watch towers would be erected at Kalmapukuria and Tapoban.

While trenches would stop the elephants from advancing, watch towers would be used to keep vigil on the herds, particularly those with calves.

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