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From tiger’s urine to solar light: How Jharkhand battles to keep elephants away



Sometime back, forest department authorities had suggested the villagers in India’s Jharkhand state to store tiger’s urine at home to drive the elephants away.

Now, the authorities are installing solar lights along the elephants’ trails to keep the jumbos away and save villagers from elephants’ attacks.

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Officials said more than 450 solar lights have been fitted in the Jamshedpur areas alone in the last two years with the very objective.

So, how the solar lights are helpful in driving the elephants away? Forest officials have a unique logic.

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“The dazzling high intensity lights blur the vision of the elephants and they turn towards different routes after watching these lights,” divisional forest officer, Jamshedpur, Abhishek Kumar told the local media.

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According to him, such lights have proved effective in taming the movement of the elephants and protecting many lives and property.

Officials said encouraged by the success of the idea, they have installed solar lights in many other districts of Jharkhand, such as Simdega, Bokaro and Deoghar where too the elephants have let loose a reign of terror.

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Some time back, the forest department officials had advised the villagers to store tiger’s urine at home saying the elephants ignore the areas where the big cats reside.

“Elephants don’t like the pungent smell of tiger’s urine and hence keeping them at home could keep the elephants away,” a forest official had suggested the villagers.

According to officials, elephants have been raiding homes of villagers, perhaps getting attracted by the smell of the intoxicating mahua drink.

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