Mahawa wildlife officials refused to respond to distress call – villagers allege

Mahawa wildlife officials refused to respond to distress call – villagers allege

Mahawa wildlife officials refused to respond to distress call – villagers allege

Written by Staff Writer

05 Sep, 2015 | 9:17 pm

Here is a story of a wildlife office located in the Mahawa Divisional Secretariat area that turns away residents who seek assistance in chasing wild elephants wreaking havoc in their villages.

The villagers of the Ihalagama and Iribissawa areas made a phone call to the relevant Wildlife Office requesting officials to save them from a herd of about fifty elephants who have strayed into their villages and this is how the conversation transpired. Please watch video.

The elephants who were roaming in the villages for a long period of time have caused damage to crops. An individual in an attempt to save himself from a possible elephant attack had to stay overnight on top of a tamarind tree.

The distressed villagers who had no other assistance called the Mahawa Wildlife Office for the second time on Saturday morning.

When we contacted a wildlife official of the Mahawa Wildlife Office in this regard, he said that they had not received such a call last night.

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