Thursday, May 31, 2007

Wild elephants destroy agricultures; frighten people in Aceh

The Jakarta Post
May 30, 2007

BANDA ACEH, Aceh Province (Antara): A number of wild elephants have destroyed agricultural fields and frightened residents of Babah Dua village, Nagan Raya regency, some 550 kilometers west of provincial capital of Banda Aceh.

"The elephants have frightened residents because they frequently run after them," Firdaus, one of the residents, told Antara news agency Wednesday.

According to Firdaus, hundreds of hectares of plantations and ricefields had destroyed the wild animals since the recent days.

Local Police chief Second Insp. Efendi confirmed the incident, saying that residents need help from the government, particularly, the Natural Resources Conservation Body (BKSDA) to escort the animals to their habitat.

Similar incidents were frequently reported from a number of villages near Sumatran jungle. Elephants and tigers often entered their villages due to intensive deforestations there. A number of people were killed by animal attacks

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