Villagers say Mattala’s roaming elephant visits their farmlands at night

Villagers say Mattala’s roaming elephant visits their farmlands at night

Villagers say Mattala’s roaming elephant visits their farmlands at night

Written by Tharushan Fernando

13 Sep, 2015 | 7:02 pm

The wild elephant which has been roaming the streets of the Mattala main road in Hambantota for the past few days, had destroyed several farmlands on Saturday night.

Villagers say that this wild elephant which has been wandering along the Mattala – Hambantota main road for the past few days, roams the street during the day, and destroys their farmlands at night. Wildlife officials believe that the elephant could be violent as it is in heat and that the wild elephant had roamed the Metigatthawewa and Andara wewa areas a few days ago.

A spokesperson at the Hambantota Wildlife Office noted that, immediately after a complaint is received about the presence of elephants, measures will be taken to drive away the elephant from the relevant area. In addition to this rogue elephant, another herd of elephants were seen roaming in the Keliyapura area since Saturday evening.

Before the Mattala Airport was constructed in this area, this land was largely occupied by wild elephants. According to Wildlife Officials, due to the development activities that have taken place on the elephant pass which travels from Lunugamvehera to Malasna via the Bundala National Park, small herds of wild elephants remain scattered in nearby villages.

 

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