The wild tusker known as Arikomban was sighted near its release site in the Periyar National Park and Wildlife Sanctuary, marking its return to the area after a brief sojourn in Tamil Nadu’s Meghamalai. The tusker made its presence known by causing havoc and damaging a makeshift tent belonging to Forest Department watchers on Sunday.
Arikomban, infamous for its raids on human settlements in search of its favorite food, rice, had been captured from its original habitat in Chinnakanal, Idukki, and subsequently released in the Periyar Reserve late last month. After its release, the tusker was spotted in the Senior Oda area within the reserve.
However, it recently ventured into the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu and had been roaming in the Meghamalai mountain range in Theni district. Arikomban had strayed into Tamil Nadu approximately a week after its translocation from Chinnakanal.
Efforts were made to monitor and track the tusker’s movements during its time in Tamil Nadu. Finally, it has returned to the Periyar Reserve, where its presence is both a cause for concern and fascination among wildlife enthusiasts and forest officials.
On Sunday, the tusker’s mischievous nature came to the forefront as it vandalized a makeshift tent used by Forest Department watchers. The incident served as a reminder of the challenges faced in managing and safeguarding the coexistence of wild animals and human settlements.
Authorities are closely monitoring the situation to ensure the safety of both the tusker and the surrounding communities. Measures are being taken to prevent any further conflicts between Arikomban and the local population.
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