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MAN & ELEPHANT
CONFLICT IN WEST MIDNAPORE

Wild elephant herds have been spreading terror across more than three hundred villages in three districts of the state. They often run amok in the villages, killing people, flattening huts, compelling villagers to respond with firecrackers and bonfires.

Undoubtedly, the gigantic animal has inflicted heavy casualties in the villages; as per Government officials, massive deforestation, poaching and encroachment on forest corridors are perhaps the possible reasons behind the elephant trouble. There are nearly 200 elephants in the area out of which 140 of them are migratory, that is, have come from the Dalma forest in the nearby state. The remaining, are residential.

We intend to capture the tense moments that occur frequently between the villagers and the great beast with the Forest Rangers in the middle, trying to strike a balance in protecting both parties while managing issues like conservation and poaching.

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