Villagers live in fear of intruding elephants

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KOTA TINGGI: The people of Kampung Gembut Dalam in Tanjung Sedeli here are living in fear of a herd of elephants that has been damaging their oil palm crop over the past few months.

They say they have reported the matter to the Wildlife Protection and National Parks Department but claim that nothing effective has been done to keep the animals away.
 
Villager Abd Wahab Kebol, 52, said he was sad because he had to bear the loss of his oil palm crop.
 
"We fear that the animals will start to damage our houses and threaten our lives. We have seen the elephants just 10 metres from my house. I appeal to the wildlife authorities to do something quickly before anything untoward happens," he told reporters here.
 
Another villager, Mohd Redzwan Latif, 27, said that every time a report was made to the wildlife authorities, they sent personnel to chase away the elephants but nothing was done to relocate them.
 
"They have said that catching the elephants and relocating them would incur a high cost," he said.
 
He also said that various measures had been taken to keep the elephants away, including digging a ditch around their smallholding, but to no avail. Bernama

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