Elephants in Malaysia

Three rogue elephants captured
New Straits Times 25 Sep 10;

HULU TERENGGANU: State Wild Life and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) officers captured three wild elephants believed to have been on a rampage in several villages here since the past one month.

In a three-day operation that began on Monday and carried out in the jungles of Kampung Durian Badol here, the elephants, aged between 10 and 12 years, had been subdued with tranquilliser darts.

They were then chained and are expected to be transferred to the elephant sanctuary in Sungai Ketiar, near Kenyir Lake, today.

State Perhilitan director Jamalun Nasir said his officers tranquillised the first elephant on Tuesday, and the other two in the following two days.

The wildlife team were sent to the village following complaints by the villagers that a herd of elephants had been encroaching their area and damaging their crops.

"This is our biggest (wild elephant) capture of the year," he added.

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