GUWAHATI, Nov 21: Two person were trampled to death by wild elephant at Bordubi Ting area under Doomdooma forest division in upper Assam Tinsukia district on Sunday night.
The deceased have been identified as- Ram Tanti and Budhin Bhumij.
The elephants went in a rampage after coming out of the Doomdooma reserve forest and entering human habitat.
“Two person killed by wild elephant while they are sleeping inside their house. The wild elephants entered human settlement area in search of food. We have sent the bodies for postmortem,” said Rajendra Singh Bharati, DFO, Doomdooma forest division.
He said, “Man-elephant conflict rises due to the shrinking of forest cover and the elephant comes out from forest in search of food.”
Notably, there has been a considerable rise in number of human-elephant conflicts in Assam in recent times.
Encroachment of forest lands by humans is believed to be the primary reason for this growing problem of hunan-elephant conflict in Assam.
In the last ten years, over 800 people and over 900 elephants were killed in Assam due to human-elephant conflicts.
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