|A herd of about 20 wild elephants destroyed crops in Drang Phốk Village in Đắk Lắk Province on November 7-8. – Photo tuoitre.vn|Viet Nam News
HCM CITY — A herd of about 20 wild elephants looking for food have raided fields in Drang Phốk Village in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Đắk Lắk.
The herd destroyed more than three hectares of cassava, corn and sugarcane in Drang Phốk Village in Buôn Đôn District’s Krông Na Commune.
Đỗ Viết Thụ, deputy director of Đắk Lắk Elephant Conservation Centre, said on Wednesday that he had told nine groups of local security guards to protect the village after the herd began to destroy crops on November 7-8.
“The herd of wild elephants appeared in the area between Yok Đôn National Park and fields of local residents. It’s the rainy season so the wild elephants often are in groups. To protect them, we use typical methods to chase them away by beating gongs and burning fires,” Thụ said.
This is the third time this year that wild elephants have foraged for food and destroyed crops of residents at Drang Phốk Village. On August 18, a herd of 15 elephants damaged more than 10 hectares of crops.
The centre is checking the damage caused by the wild elephants, and will propose measures to help local residents.—VNS