Elephant census 2017 begins in right earnest

Mysuru, May 17:- Karnataka forest department is organising state level elephant census, including line transact count and water source method.

Elephants are found throughout India. To keep track of number of elephants in the country, the census is being conducted. To minimise possible errors, the census is being done in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand, Orissa, West Bengal, Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Nagaland, Tripura, Maharashtra, Andaman and Nikobar islands simultaneously.

The elephant census is conducted every five years. The census was flagged off at Bandipur forests on Tuesday. Many volunteers have been roped in to help the forest department during census.

The census is being done in Gopalaswamy Hills, N Beguru, Gundre, Ediyala, M M Gudi and other forest areas. Around 110 volunteers have enrolled through online and teams have been formed through number system. But more than 50 were absent on the first day. Wildlife experts Raj Kumar, Chethan, Subhadra and 11 others are present as resource persons. Engineers, assistant professors have enrolled as volunteers. IGF Srivathsav, APCCF Dileep Kumar Das, CFT Harilal, ACF Poovaiah, Probationary ACF Antony Mariappa and others were present. (MR/GK).

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