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Jharkhand To Use “Jumbo Hooters” To Scare Away Elephants From Villages

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Each year, several people are killed in elephant attacks in Jharkhand. (Representative)

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Amid increased cases of elephants wreaking havoc in Jharkhand, trampling villagers to death and destroying crops and property, the Saranda Forestry Division authorities have decided to resort to “Jumbo Hooters” who will scare the animals away. intruder with a combination of light and sound, an official said on Monday.

The “Jumbo Hooter” – Animal Intrusion Detection and Repellent System (ANIDERS) – is a solar-powered machine, whose sensors can distinguish between animals and humans and trigger an alarm by detecting elephants within range, alerting them. people nearby.

ANIDERS is being set up in 18 villages affected by elephant attacks in the Saranda region in the first phase as a pilot project, said Chandramauli Prasad Sinha, Divisional Forestry Officer (DFO) of Saranda.

The machine’s built-in camera will record elephant activities and send the images to forestry officials, alerting them as well.

The machines’ success rate is estimated at 86% according to research conducted by the World Wide Fund for Nature in India, the official said.

The state forestry department approved the plan and the expenses incurred would be borne by Tata Steel Long Products Limited, Sinha said.

If the project is successful, it will be replicated elsewhere, he said.

ANIDERS is used in states such as Kerala, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Assam, Karnataka, Uttarakhand and Tamil Nadu, according to the company that installs the machine in Jharkhand.

Each year, several people are killed in elephant attacks in the state.

Last week, four people were trampled to death in Giridih district by elephants, while pachyderms killed four others in neighboring areas, including Hazaribag, in addition to injuring more than 20 people.

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