Arjuna, a beloved elephant who carried the golden howdah during the Dasara procession, died in a fight with a wild tusker in Sakaleshpur on Monday. He was 63 years old.
The Forest Department had been conducting an operation to capture troublesome tuskers in the Sakaleshpur, Alur, Belur, and Yeslur ranges of Hassan. During the operation, a wild tusker attacked Arjuna, who succumbed to injuries he suffered in the stomach. The incident has forced the department to stop the operation.
Arjuna was a gentle giant who was known for his calm and friendly demeanor. He was a popular attraction at the Dubare elephant camp and participated in many elephant capture operations. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.
Arjuna’s death is a reminder of the dangers that elephants face in the wild. Wild elephants often come into conflict with humans as they compete for food and habitat. This can lead to injuries and deaths on both sides.
The Forest Department is working to reduce conflict between elephants and humans by creating elephant corridors and providing farmers with compensation for crop damage. However, more needs to be done to protect elephants and ensure their long-term survival.
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