KEMAMAN, Sept 28, 2014:

The Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) captured a wild elephant in a forest near Kampung Banhoo and Felda Cherol yesterday.

Its Terengganu director, Yusoff Shariff said the 2-year-old female elephant weighing more than two tonnes was captured using a sedative at 4pm.

“We had to use a decoy elephant from Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre in Temerloh, Pahang to lure the wild elephant onto a truck.

“The wild elephant was taken on a 150km journey and released in the National Park near Tasik Kenyir,” he told Bernama here, today.

Perhilitan was fortunate that the one-day operation resulted in the capture of a rather large elephant. The capture followed complaints by villagers and Felda Cherol that wild elephants had been destroying their crops in recent years.

Yusoff said initially, Perhilitan did not capture elephants for encroaching villages, but try to chase them away.

“Only in critical cases, we capture wild elephants using sedatives and release them elsewhere.”

There are between 15 and 20 wild elephants near Kampung Banhoo and Felda Cherol.

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