Regular Crop Raider Tusker Radio-collared in Wayanad, Kerala

A 40-year old tusker, which is said to be a regular crop raider in the Sulthan Bathery area of Wayanad, has been radio collared. The radio collar will help monitor the animals movements and help warn villagers about its movements. Trackers had spotted the animal in the Arakunchi forest and though it tried to evade the trackers, the forest officials kept up the chase and eventually tranquilized the elephant. An expert team then took biometrical measurements of the elephant before the radio collar was fitted. This is the first time a wild elephant has been radio collared in the state. Forest officials said their aim was to collar two problematic elephants. While this one was a crop raider, the other posed a threat to humans.

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