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Elephant electrocuted in Chamarajanagar

By Our Staff Correspondent

By Our Staff

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MYSORE, MAY 2. An adult elephant was electrocuted in Chamarajanagar taluk in the early hours of Saturday.

According to sources, the elephant had strayed from the forest area to Hondabaalu village. It came into contact with an electric fence on a sugarcane field.

The sources said the owner of the field had put up the fence to prevent wild animals from entering the farm.

The sources also said that villagers in Chamarajanagar district normally put up electric fences without permission from the authorities concerned, and that several elephants had been electrocuted in the past.

It was also common for wild animals to stray into the villages that were on the periphery of the forests in search of food.

The villagers illegally put up electric fences to prevent animals, especially elephants, from entering the sugarcane fields.

The sources said the officials of the Forest Department visited the spot soon after the incident came to light.

The age of the elephant is yet to be ascertained.

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