Capturing a Rogue Elephant

M G Singh By M G Singh, 18th Sep 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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India has large herds of elephants that roam the jungles. Sometime an elephant does turn a rogue an dhe needs to be tamed. Killing is not an option now a days.

Taming Rogue elephants



India is home to at least 80,000 elephants that move in herds in the jungles. These herds so not normally trouble anybody, but sometime a rogue elephant makes an appearence.A rogue elephant by itself is a rarity, but by no means unknown. Rogue elephants can be dangerous and can spread havoc in their path. They can damage crops and villages and once in an aggressive mood can trample over humans with impunity. There was the recent case of a rogue elephant entering the Mysore city in Karnatka and he ended up tramplinga security guard and crushinga car.Rogue elephants are elephants who get detached from their herds and thus may run berserk.

A rogue elephant is a dangerous proposition as the beast when in full flow can reach speeds of 25-30 km an hour. It will rush headlong at its adversary breaking bushes and trees in its path as it approaches the 'enemy'.

Earlier the forest department would sanction killing of rogue elephants, but over the years with view to conserve wild life the aim is to capture wild elephants and then perhaps tame them and after that hand them over to a zoo or a reserved forest.

In India in the recent past at least 3 rogue elephants have been captured by the forest department. This is certainly a feather in the cap of the guardians of the forests. Most of the elephants captured were from the jungles of Karnataka with the last one captured at Hassan

Capturing a rogue elephant is however not as easy as it may seem. Great care and planning has to be executed. An entire team consisting of a hunter with a tranquilizer gun, a vet, jeeps, and two tame elephants are a necessity. In addition the forest officer and his staff with plenty of ropes are required. The requirement of tame elephants cannot be obviated as these form the most important part of the rehabilitation process of the rogue tusker.

One advantage that the trapping party has is that rogue elephants normally detach themselves from the herd and operate alone. Hence it is important that a local tracker who can track the elephant is around to lead the party to the beast.

It is best to pursue the rogue only in the day time as at night the advantage will be with the elephant. The aim should be to sight the beast and get your sights in quickly and then fire at the elephant. It is important to have a good aim as the elephant can charge the party with disastrous results.

Once a hunter can get a shot at the elephant with a tranquilizer gun the beast will be sedated and that is the time that the tame elephants can be used to help rope the rogue. The tame elephants can chaperon the beast to a cage or an enclosure and the taming process can begin.

The elephant is our heritage and despite their becoming rogues, I will recommend that killing is not an option at all. Even the last rogue elephant that stormed Mysore city was sedated and captured.

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Elephant, Hunter, India, Jungle, Rogue Elephant, Tame Elephant

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A man who spent his early years in Air Force. An avid writer with over 6000 articles and 60 short stories published.Two novels on the anvil for publication.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
19th Sep 2011 (#)

Scary, but very fascinating. Thank you Madan.

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author avatar M G Singh
19th Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you steve

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author avatar Buzz
19th Sep 2011 (#)

Must be a daunting task hauling them when sedated. Thanks for the share.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks Buzz

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author avatar Vernazoa
20th Sep 2011 (#)

I love the female elephant because she stays by her young for 5 years. I love the mother instinct that they have. I never knew about a rogue elephant. Thanks for the write.

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author avatar M G Singh
20th Sep 2011 (#)

Thanks for the comment

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