Mysuru: A wild tusker died while crossing railway fences near Nagarhole National Park on Saturday morning. The railway fence which has been placed to protect them from speeding train became fatal and the young tusker lost his life in an attempt to cross it.
As per reports the 42 –years-old was returning to the national park after raiding agricultural fields of human inhabitants last night. It gets stuck with the iron made railway fencing and unfortunately couldn’t manage to extricate itself from it and lost its life. His body was found dangling between the iron barricades.
The Conservator of Forests and Director of the Nagarhole National Park KM Narayanaswamy speaking with a national daily said that after the examination of the accident site, it appeared that the elephant tried to free itself from the situation but it ended up crushing its diaphragm and was crushed with its own weight and died around 5 am in the wee hours.
The Karnataka Government has allocated nearly 212 crores in 2015 for the fencing and safety of elephants, and the project is still under implementation.
This is not the first time when a tusker has lost its life while crossing over the fence, but previously several calves and sub-adults had succumbed to death falling between the gap of these fences.
It has raised a serious question about its efficacy to curb the ongoing deaths of these tuskers.
An IFS Officer Praveen Kaswan has tweeted and asked the reasons where we are helping these wild animals with making such barricades or is it an attempt to create hurdles for the wild animals.
Died while crossing railway fences near Nagarhole. This happens when we block path which are used by these animals from generations. When we want infrastructure in middle of their homes. With no fault of their own. pic.twitter.com/oiNqmXxA5s
— Parveen Kaswan, IFS (@ParveenKaswan) December 15, 2018