Human-elephant conflict intensifies in Matale | Daily News


Human-elephant conflict intensifies in Matale

Elephant crossings in the Wasgamuwa, Sigiriya and Kahalla-Pallekele in Matale have been obstructed with various development projects that commenced in the past decade resulting in intensifying the human-elephant conflicts, residents said.

Wild elephants emerge from these sanctuaries regularly but they cannot go back to their habitats as new constructions have blocked their paths in the sanctuaries.

Therefore, these animals stay on small hills and in thickets around the villages, the residents said.

They said that these animals invade villages in the night and ruin cultivations and other properties. The electric fences erected around these sanctuaries have been broken by the elephants. But authorities have not taken steps to re-erect the fences, the villagers alleged. Wildlife officials said that they have no sufficient facilities to maintain the electric fences. Earlier civil security guards had been deployed to protect them. Their services were halted now, they said.

They further said that as the elephant crossings have been blocked, they find it is very difficult to chase the animals.

They said that these obstructions intensify the human-elephant conflict.


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