Hambantota locals inconvenienced as elephant habitats ‘taken over forcibly’

Hambantota locals inconvenienced as elephant habitats ‘taken over forcibly’

Hambantota locals inconvenienced as elephant habitats ‘taken over forcibly’

Written by Tharushan Fernando

17 Jun, 2015 | 9:54 pm

The human-elephant conflict has risen to a more severe level in the Hambantota District as a result of outsiders coming in to the area and taking over state lands, according to locals.

The locals pointed out with the rise of development activities in the Hambantota District, actions of outsiders who come in the areas have given way for wild elephant incursions. Locals also say that businessmen who use political influences have set up electrical fences in lands where wild elephants reside.

Because areas in which elephants live have been taken over forcibly, locals say they have been compelled to use illegal means in order to prevent wild elephant attacks on their villages and have been compelled to maintain an electric fence with the use of the electricity supply to their houses.

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