Erode District In Tamil Nadu Had 23 Elephant Deaths In 2011

Erode district in Tamil Nadu, comprising of the two forest divisions of Erode and Sathyamangalam, recorded 23 elephant deaths in 2011. The majority of the deaths were due to natural causes according to the Erode Conservator of Forests. Three died due to electrocution, one was killed by poachers and 19 died due to natural causes (illness). The large population of elephants in the area causes frequent man animal conflicts and the forest department has erected around 239 km of solar fencing to keep the elephants from entering agricultural lands. The department also proposes to erect elephant proof trenches at a cost of Rs 1.51 crores during the next year to keep elephants within forest ranges.

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