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Elephants in the estate: Humans and elephants tussle for space in Kodagu

Updated : September 24, 2019 05:03 PM IST

Escalating human-elephant interactions in Kodagu are causing economic loss and endangering human lives. In the tussle for space, elephants stand to lose as much.
Habitat fragmentation that increases the contact between elephants and agriculture is considered the prime cause of conflict. Habitat loss was intensified with drought in the early part of the century, followed by forest fires that wiped out grass making way for invasive species like lantana. Elephant corridors too got lost to mega infrastructure projects.
Elephants have devised peculiar ways to adapt to the changing reality around them leading to a strange phenomenon of estate-bred elephants where the herds have moved to an estate where they eat, rest and breed.
Elephants in the estate: Humans and elephants tussle for space in Kodagu

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