Eleven elephants have died in north Bengal thus far this yr (Representational)

Kolkata:

The West Bengal authorities has launched a marketing campaign in areas adjoining elephant habitats within the northern components of the state to forestall electrocution deaths of the pachyderms, a high forest official stated on Sunday.

The marketing campaign was launched on Saturday within the villages and tea gardens of Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Darjeeling districts the place latest deaths of elephants because of electrocution have been reported, state Chief Wildlife Warden VK Yadav stated.

It is going to, nevertheless, be formally flagged off by Forest Minister Rajib Banerjee on a later date, he stated.

“Forest personnel are asking locals by way of public tackle methods to report unlawful hooking and fencing of fields and tea gardens with reside wires.

“We’re making folks conscious of the necessity to defend our wildlife and report prison actions,” Mr Yadav informed PTI.

Precedence has been given to areas adjoining Buxa Tiger Reserve and Jaldapara and Gorumara nationwide parks, he stated.

“We now have additionally launched the marketing campaign in villages and tea gardens in Bagdogra and Naxalbari areas of Darjeeling district,” Mr Yadav stated.

The problem of electrocution deaths of the elephants was mentioned with the extra chief secretary of the Energy Division and he has given directions to his officers to take strict motion in opposition to offenders, he stated.

The forest minister, throughout his latest go to to Siliguri, had held a gathering with Energy Division officers, forest officers and representatives of tea gardens on the problem, Mr Yadav stated.

Eleven elephants have died in north Bengal thus far this yr, of which six because of electrocution, he stated.

“We have to sensitise folks on the necessity to defend elephants,” he stated.

Mr Banerjee had on Saturday flagged off from the Forest Division”s headquarters within the metropolis three tableaux which can transfer round Kolkata, Howrah, North and South 24 Parganas districts through the Durga Puja days to unfold the message of wildlife conservation, Mr Yadav stated.

The MUVs will show vibrant photos of untamed animals and slogans on their conservation, he added.

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