Perhilitan captures wild elephant that destroyed crops in Jerteh

JERTEH: The Terengganu (Perhilitan) National Parks and Wildlife Department captured a male wild elephant that had destroyed crops at Kampung Padang Tapong here on Saturday (January 29).

Terengganu Perhilitan manager Loo Kean Seong said the elephant was captured after public complaints about the animal, which was seen wandering around the village.

“The male elephant was captured at 2.15pm on Saturday, shortly after efforts to detect the animal were made.

“The two-tonne elephant is around 15 years old and is believed to come from Pelagat Forest Reserve, which is located near the village,” he said when contacted by Bernama here on Sunday ( January 30).

Loo said the elephant was to be moved with the help of tamed elephants from the Sungai Deka Elephant Conservation Center in Hulu Terengganu, about 120 km away by Wednesday February 2.

Meanwhile, resident Mohd Zulkifli Ismail, 61, expressed his relief after Perhilitan managed to catch the elephant.

“Many banana, jackfruit, rubber and pineapple trees in my orchard, located about 200m from the main road near the village, have been damaged and eaten by the animal in the past three days.

“With the elephant nearby, I was also worried about going to the orchard, fearing it was hiding in nearby bushes,” he said.

Zulkifli said his neighbors also suffered losses when their orchards and small oil palm farms were destroyed by the elephant.

He added that the elephant had also wandered near Taman Saujana’s housing area near the village. – Bernama

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