PASIR PUTEH: The Kelantan Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) has deployed eight rangers to track down three wild elephants, which had destroyed the residents' crops in three villages here.
Kelantan Perhilitan director Mohamad Khairi Ahmad said since Wednesday, four rangers from Kuala Krai branch had been sent to monitor the situation at Kampung Bukit Jeram Linang, Kampung Lepan Rambai and Kampung Gong Genor, which are located near the animal's habitat in Bukit Kijal.
"Four additional personnel from the Kota Baharu Perhilitan elephant unit have been sent to the locations yesterday," he said when contacted here today.
Mohamad Khairi was commenting on concerns raised by residents in the three villages, who are living in fear with the presence of several wild elephants which have been rampaging their crops since a week ago.
He said at the early stage, the department would focus on efforts to drive the elephants back to jungle and away from the villages.
As for the long-term action, the department would capture the three elephants and move them to another area.
Mohamad Khairi said investigation found that five to 10 elephants had been roaming in Bukit Kijal.
"So far only three of the elephants are roaming in the villages, especially at night to find food," he said.
He advised residents not to act alone and avoid provocation when came across the wild elephants.