Authorities are yet to find a permanent solution to the Human-Elephant Conflict (HEC) and wild elephant raids. Some people who were assigned with the task to find solutions suggested to name wild elephants as forest elephants. Some stole the moneys allocated to build electric fences. Yet the HEC remains unsolved.
Solutions were proposed from time to time; some of which had to be carried out incurring enormous expenses. People who earned profits through these projects often introduced new projects to earn more profits. Yet the HEC wasn’t addressed. It was reported recently that the Director-General of the Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) Chandana Sooriyabandara had initiated a new project to address the HEC. That project involved building alternative barriers next to elephant fences in areas which witnessed the HEC in abundance. The DWC affirmed that measures had been taken to build alternative barriers after conducting a detailed study on the HECs.
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