The wild elephants are still in the area, but not too close to Lakeside.
The forest rangers say that they have just come looking for food and water, but in yesterdays Hindu newspaper environmentalists say that part of the problem is the destruction of elephant habitat and ‘elephant corridors’ in the Reserve Forest, which is forcing them to change their range.
Let me just emphasise: RESERVE FOREST, set up as a protection for wildlife and a buffer zone between them and humans. Why is human encroachment allowed? I would hate to think that people turn a blind eye for money. Or maybe there are just not enough people to enforce the law – if so there are plenty of poor local people who might be glad of such paid employment.
I do hope that this is not another case of India neglecting her wildlife for selfish reasons.