TN plans trenches to keep out elephants
According to Forest Department secretary Mohan Verghese Chunkath ,Dharmapuri district will have the longest trench. He pointed out that that the Asian Elephant is a highly endangered keystone species categorized under part I of Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Government sources said that out of 24,000 elephants estimated in India, Tamil Nadu has a population of 4,015 elephants. Of this, between 700 and 1,000 elephants from various forest divisions keep straying regularly into the human habitat. This increases human-animal conflict in the villages located nearby forest areas.