The Uttarakhand forest division and researchers from Wildlife Institute of India (WII) have come throughout a ‘big’ elephant close to Haridwar in Rajaji panorama lately which they are saying is so enormous they will’t radio collar it. They mentioned it is likely one of the largest elephants they’ve come throughout within the Himalayan state, the place the elephant inhabitants has crossed the 2000 mark, in line with the elephant census launched a number of days again.

Bivash Pandav, a senior scientist from WII, who’s heading the identification and choice course of, confirmed that this was one of many largest animals discovered within the explicit panorama.

“This elephant is more likely to be one of many largest animals within the space round Haridwar forest division, the place it primarily roams round and goes as much as Uttar Pradesh. Now we have additionally seen it within the jap a part of Rajaji Tiger Reserve sometimes. It strikes within the human-dominated space, besides crop-raiding it has not attacked anybody,” mentioned Pandav.

He added that this grownup male elephant, roughly round 50 years of age, “roams round solitary and doesn’t stick with the herd.”

The ‘giant’ elephant spotted near Tedhipuliya region near Haridwar. (HT Photos)

The ‘big’ elephant noticed close to Tedhipuliya area close to Haridwar. (HT Images)

The forest officers got here throughout the jumbo whereas figuring out elephants that must be radio-collared forward of Maha Kumbh 2021. The elephant is a suspected ‘downside elephant’ which ventures alone within the forests.

“There are numerous bulls (male elephants) roaming within the space and he’s one in every of them. It could be troublesome to radio-collar this elephant given its dimension because it is likely one of the largest elephants we’ve come throughout. We’re nonetheless figuring out problematic elephants which enterprise into human habitations that will likely be radio-collared for monitoring to make sure they don’t come into battle with pilgrims throughout Maha Kumbh 2021. Now we have roughly recognized round 9 bulls who steadily use that space (the place Maha Kumbh will happen),” added Pandav.

The researchers are looking for out the place the elephants spend time in the course of the day so {that a} plan on tranquilising and radio-collaring them will be formulated. The elephants normally come out at night time, when radio-collaring the animal is troublesome.

Dr Aditi Sharma, senior veterinarian of the Rajaji Tiger Reserve, mentioned, “This elephant is almost definitely a full-grown 9 toes animal. Normally, dominant male elephants discovered on this area develop eight toes, however this explicit elephant is almost definitely round 9 toes given its bodily options.”

Uttarakhand forest division authorities with the WII are engaged on radio-collaring a few of the elephants vulnerable to straying into human habitations in a bid to forestall assaults on pilgrims, who’re anticipated to congregate in Haridwar for the following yr’s Mahakumbh.

The state authorities is ready for approval from the Central authorities earlier than placing into movement the radio collar train. State forest division officers mentioned elephants normally enterprise into areas, the place tents are arrange for the Mahakumbh pilgrims.

Tedhipuliya and Shyampur areas, close to Haridwar, are discovered to be a few of the areas most vulnerable to man-elephant battle, forest officers mentioned.

“These elephants, which stray into human habitations, will likely be radio-collared. We’ll get a way of their motion sample after they’re radio-collared and work out a mechanism to forestall man-animal conflicts,” Sharma mentioned.

The forest officers had began their preparations since final November, when man-animal battle hotspots had been recognized and geo-tagged.