JHAPA, July 9: A total of five persons have lost their lives in wild elephant attacks in Jhapa in the current fiscal year.
Two elephants were also killed during the period, according to the Division Forest Office, Jhapa. All those killed in the wild mammoth attack were elderly people.
Most of them were fatally attacked by wild elephants while they were working in the forest or farm land, the Division Forest Office said.
Assistant forester Raj Kumar Khatri shared that those killed in wild mammoth attack were Pena Kisan, 70, of Mechinagar Municipality-9, Ganesh Prasad Adhikari, 63, of Damak Municipality-3, Khamba Singh Karki,71, Mechinagar municipality-13, Ram Bahadur Burja,60, of Bhadrapur Municipality-9 and Krishna Bahadur Bhujel,77, of Kankai municipality.
Most of the attacks were recorded in the wee hours or dusk, Assistant Forester Khattri said. Among the wild elephants coming from India in herds on a daily basis, 13 have been staying in Jhapa's forest permanently.
Conflict between humans and elephants continues in Jhapa for the past four decades. The loss of human lives and properties due to the attacks of wild elephants has not stopped yet, said elephant Conservationist Shanker Luintel.
Meanwhile, a young elephant and an adult one were found dead at Ayabari of Buddha Shanti rural municipality-5 and Dahijhoda community forest of Arjundhara Municipality-4 in Jhapa district respectively, added Khattri.
Electric fencing was found around the dead mammoths hinting at the possibility of the wild elephants being intentionally electrocuted by the locals, he opined.