|A banana garden is destroyed by wild elephants. -- Photo dantri.com.vn|Viet Nam News
ĐẮK LẮK — A herd of wild elephants wreaked havoc in a residential area on Monday, destroying several hectares of vegetable crops belonging to the local people.
The elephants entered the residential area in Ea Kiết Commune of Cư M’gar District in the Tây Nguyên (Central Highlands) province of Đắk Lắk looking for food, said Nguyễn Tuấn Anh, the commune’s head.
“Every year, elephants come to the commune looking for food, especially in the dry season, when food resources in the forest become scarce,” he said.
According to the locals, the five elephants have been living in the forest managed by the Forestry Co Ltd in Ja Wầm Village for many years.
“The elephants came to the cassava and banana gardens searching for food at night. After eating, the elephants destroyed many areas of the crops,” said Nhàn, a local farmer.
“Moreover, the animals had wandered quite close to the houses of the locals; we started a fire and made loud noises to scare them away,” he said.
Currently, the local government has sent working teams to the commune to take stock of the losses caused by the wild elephants.
Besides this, the commune’s staff and district forestry rangers have given the locals instructions, asking them to scare away the elephants, but not to hurt them, said Tuấn Anh. — VNS