Lack of care leads to elephant rampages

For centuries, residents in Phúc Sơn Commune, central province of Nghệ An have lived comfortably with wild elephants, but as bamboo forests – the main diet of many elephants – are replaced with industrial trees, things are changing. Many elephant herds are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. Elephants at the Pù Mát National Park in the central province of Nghệ An. Many elephant herds in the province are now finding it difficult to find enough food to survive. – Photo: baonghean.vn Last October, six wild elephants went on a rampage in a commune village and destroyed family crops.The family called neighbours for help to chase the elephants away. However, the wild beasts refused to go until they had destroyed two hectares of acacias and other trees.A resident, Lương Văn Tình from Vều 3 Village, said that elephants once arrived the commune at about 2am and refused to leave even though people tried all means to make them go away.In 2014, several elephants arrived when people were celebrating Tết (Lunar New Year) festival.”The elephants were so aggressive. They appeared to be looking for something to destroy. They even wrecked the kitchen of one family before running off,” Tình said.In 2011, elephants, killed one man and destroyed many tents. In a similar case in 2013, one person died and four people were injured.”We are so worried about unwelcome visits from wild elephants,” Tình said.Other localities in Nghệ An province have also reported the angry behavious of many… [Read full story]

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