Express News Service. (2007, November 20). 26 elephants killed in three years. [Online]. Available: http://www.newindpress.com/NewsItems.asp?ID=IEQ20071120002459&Page=Q&Headline=26+elephants+killed+in+three+years&Title=ORISSA&Topic=0 [2008, May 14].
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Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has said that 26 elephants have been killed by humans during the last three years.
In a written reply to a question from Ulaka Ramchandra (Cong) and Ashwini Kumar Patra (JD), the number of elephants killed by humans is under check as only one has so far died during 2007- 08. In 2005-06 and 2006-07, nine and 16 elephants were killed, he said.
Naveen said that several steps had been initiated by the State Government to prevent killing of elephants by the humans. Anti-poaching squad including two or three Forest Department staff and four to six daily wagers have been engaged for regular patrolling.
He said that elephant trackers are engaged for continuous monitoring of elephants and the poachers are eventually tracked. Water bodies are created in forest areas to provide sufficient water during summer, so that, the elephants will not stray from the forest area.
Intelligence gathering about poaching has been strengthened and help of Crime Branch...