The Johor Department of Wildlife and National Parks successfully relocated three wild elephants from the Mawai area, near Kota Tinggi to the Endau-Rompin National Park.
State Health and Environment Committee chairman Datuk Ayub Rahmat said two decoy elephants from the Kuala Gandah National Elephant Conservation Centre in Pahang were used in the exercise.
"The three elephants were caught on Sunday after a continuous three-week monitoring operation by the department. It's a relief to residents in the area who have farms and plantations in the vicinity," he said in a statement Thursday.
He said to further reduce such disturbances the Wildlife Department had constructed an 18-kilometre electric fence from the Panti Forest Reserve to Sungai Dohol, Kota Tinggi which became operational in January.
The department had also suggested the setting up of an elephant sanctuary in the state and the matter was being presented to the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, he added.
Meanwhile, Johor Wildlife Department and National Park director Hasnan Yusop said the three elephants were adults, a male and two females.
He said when the operation was carried out the elephants had been moving in a herd and were outside the Panti Forest Reserve which had an electric fence.