No school today, elephants on campus
As reported on The Hindu, a large group of 22 elephants, who killed 4 people during the weekend, arrived two hours before the school bell could ring, fortunately. The herd trampled down the fence and marched into the campus of Inventure Academy in Bangalore around 6.30 a.m. Monday and stayed put for an hour.
The fatal conflict of the weekend took place when residents tried to “chase” the herd on foot and on bikes, and take pictures on their phones (about 4,000 people!).
They were partially drove back to the forest only today.
Every time elephants come close to a large city, the issue of human elephant conflict gets immense media attention.
But it’s a real issue, serious and deadly, which kills hundreds of people and elephants each year across Asia.
Halting loss and fragmentation of elephant habitats needs precedence as part of the long-term solution.
The full article here