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Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« on: September 03, 2017, 01:35:59 PM »

Wild elephants in search of food have been approaching inhabited areas here and there last week, as reported in the news. This is about Wang Nam Khiau district in Nakhon Ratchasima province, yesterday:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuucvJfFw44" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YuucvJfFw44</a>
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #1 on: September 19, 2017, 08:34:06 AM »

This was in the news last week, but just now I found this article in English, relating about similar past incidents too. Article is dated 13 September 2017 but I think the incident happened in August.


Jumbo snack: Elephant stops traffic and steals a bale of hay from a passing lorry in Thailand
  • The animal waits patiently at the side of the road before nabbing a bale
  • Indian elephant was caught on video in central Thailand's Khao Yai National Park
  • Cheeky creature holds up traffic playing with his food before eating it as a snack
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #2 on: September 19, 2017, 09:08:43 AM »

I remember reading an article a couple years ago about this farmer who had a wild elephant problem. The raided his crop then he changed crops and they destroyed part of his house looking for food. He read an article that elephants hate bees because the sting the elephants around their eyes and once they are stung they do not go back to the area where they were stung. So the farmer took bee keeping lessons and then bought 46 bee hives and put them around his land. No more elephant problems plus he now has a honey crop.

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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #3 on: September 19, 2017, 09:14:36 AM »

More recent news about wild elephants.

In a wildlife sanctuary in Kanchanaburi province, one suffered electrocution while trying to access a corn field. A farmer may face penal charges.

In Nam Nao National Park, Chaiyaphum province, one was victim of brutal killing by poachers.



Farmer faces charges after wild elephant fatally electrocuted

A four-tonne elephant was fatally electrocuted at a corn field near the Salakpra Wildlife Sanctuary in Kanchanaburi's Muang district on Monday morning when it separated from its herd to hunt for food.

Sanctuary head Paitoon Intharabut went to the corn field in Tambon Chong Sadao along with a veterinarian and police when the wild elephant’s death was reported at 8.30am. They found the 25-year-old male bull lying with its stomach on electrical wires.

Corn farmer Wutthichot Rojanaphokhapreeda, 48, told police that he installed the 220-volt electrical wire fence around his 12-rai cornfield on August 28 to protect the crop from cows and buffaloes but he failed to report the wire installation to park officials.

He said that he only released 110 volts of electricity and a wild elephant previously tried to eat his crop but got a shock and ran away.

The Nation full article



Bull Elephant Cruelly Slaughtered For Its Tusks By Poachers

Forestry rangers are now combing the Nam Nao national park hunting for poachers after a bull elephant was killed and its tusks gouged out from the dying elephant.

The brutal killing pattern of the elephant by the poachers was revealed by the head of the Nakhon Ratchasima-based Conservation Office 7 Mr Thakorn Lomstaporn yesterday.

He said he was alerted by a foot patrol team of forestry rangers in Papung wildlife sanctuary that found a killed bull elephant while on a foot patrol from Phukok forest in Nam Nao National Park to Chulabhon Dam.

The team said as it arrived at Huey Pong forest in Pa Pung wildlife sanctuary, a dead bull elephant was found lying with its right side on the ground.

A close examination of the decomposed body showed it was shot by an unknown calibre of gun on the left ear, and another shot 20 centimetres from the first below the left ear.

The poachers chopped off its trunk and placed it three metres from the body.

The front head of the elephant was cut off, indicating that the poachers gouged out the skull of the elephant in order to remove the tusks which is a brutal way of killing the dying elephant.

Buriram Times full article
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2017, 11:12:04 PM »

'Foolhardy' runners took selfies with wild elephant

NAKHON RATCHASIMA: Two people out running who were seen taking selfies with a wild elephant had put themselves in great danger, the Khao Yai National Park chief warned on Thursday.

Kanchit Srinoppawan said the decision by the two runners to take selfies with the elephants was extremely foolhardy.

The two runners were seen moving closer to a wild elephant and then taking photos on a road to the park on Sept 13 by Kamron Petprayoon, who posted a photo and a message about it on his Facebook account on Wednesday.

Mr Kamron said he stopped his car to take pictures of the elephant from afar, and saw the two runners move closer to the beast for a selfie. He said the elephant then chased the two along the road.

Bangkok Post full article
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #5 on: September 26, 2017, 09:29:35 PM »

Officials have a novel idea to keep wild elephanst away - eucalyptus and chili!! I'm not convinced it will work. Surely small mice would have been better.  ;D

http://englishnews.thaipbs.or.th/eucalyptus-chili-introduced-drive-away-wild-elephants

Eucalyptus and chili to be introduced to drive away wild elephants

Farmers who live close to the habitats of wild elephants in Tap Larn national park will be asked to grow eucalyptus and chili in order to discourage the animals from encroaching on their farmland.

Officials of the Tap Larn national park will meet with farmers in Tambon Ban Rat and Tambon Sa Takien in Soengsang district of Nakhon Ratchasima whose fruit or crop plantations were frequently encroached by wild elephants in search of food.

Park officials have come up with an idea to introduce eucalyptus and chili to the farmers so that they can plant them to form a fence to protect their crops as elephants dislike the two crops and may be driven them away.

Also, crops will be planted in the habitats so wild elephants will not have to venture out to look for food.

Moreover, real-time CCTV system called NCAPS are to be installed in communities bordering the park which will help provide early warning to the farmers.
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #6 on: October 02, 2017, 04:58:35 PM »

The scourge of wild elephants ravaging corn plantations in Khao Yai area, Nakhon Ratchasima province, causes damages of up to 100,000 THB, according to this news report. A petition has been filed about it.


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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #7 on: October 05, 2017, 12:21:31 AM »

There's a victim now, crushed to death by wild elephants while trying to chase them away from a sugarcane plantation. Accident happened late Tuesday night near Khao Yai park in Pong Talong โป่งตาลอง subdistrict, Pak Chong, Nakhon Ratchasima.


Pak Chong official stomped to death by elephants

NAKHON RATCHASIMA-A local leader was stomped to death by a herd of wild elephants after he and another villager lit firecrackers to scare them away.

The hungry jumbos were roaming sugarcane plantations near Khao Yai national park in Pak Chong district. Instead of running away at the sound of the firecrackers, the animals charged the two men.

Boonruang Anuraksa, 61, chairman of the Pong Talong tambon administration organisation (TAO), was badly hurt in the attack late Tuesday night. He died shortly after being taken to Pak Chong Nana Hospital, said Pol Lt Col Khemmachart Paedkaew, a duty officer at Moosee police station.

Bangkok Post full article





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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2017, 12:31:46 AM »

Another wild elephant in the news 2 days ago, this time in Phitsanulok province:


Rescuers save young elephant caught in canal

A young male elephant was rescued on Wednesday after being stuck in muddy canal close to a national park for about 26 hours in Phitsanulok’s Nuenmaprang district.

The Nation full article





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<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZiamSP1zw" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGZiamSP1zw</a>
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #9 on: November 07, 2017, 04:48:58 PM »

Park officials warn tourists of possible encounter with wild elephants at eight parks

The spokesman for the Department of Wildlife and Plants Conservation yesterday (Nov 6) warned tourists visiting eight national parks in the country of possible encounter with wild elephants during the cold season.

His warning came after tourists encountered a herd of wild elephants at Khun Pavor national park in Tak province on Sunday.

Sighting and encountering of wild elephants were also reported at Khao Yai national park in the connected area of Prachinburi and Nakhon Ratchasima.

Sompoj Maneerat said as national parks are areas where wild animals are harboured, therefore encountering with them is normal.

In particular this coming cold season, the chance to encounter them is high as they will wander around for food. he said.

He then named eight wildlife sanctuaries in national parks where visitors have high chance to encounter elephants as Khao Soi Dao in Chanthaburi, Khao Arng Luenai in Chachoengsao, Dong Phyayen in Nakhon Ratchasima, Nam Nao in in Phetchabun, Phu Kradueng and Phu Rua in Loei, Phu Luang in Chaiyaphum, and Khun Pavor in Tak.

He advised tourists to these national parks to read instructions before visiting these places.

He said authorities will be available at all these places to give instructions and will have tourist assistance centres to give information.

Source - Thai PBS 07.11.2017
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #10 on: November 12, 2017, 05:06:55 AM »

More damage caused by wild elephants in our province: here they ravaged a barn located about 2 km outside Thap Lan National Park, in Ban Nong Bost บ้านหนองโบสถ์, Khok Krachai subdistrict, Khon Buri.


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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #11 on: November 13, 2017, 11:48:43 AM »

Park officials seek injured elephant

Khao Yai National Park officials are trying to find a wild elephant after it was hit by a pick-up truck on a road in nearby Nakhon Ratchasima.

Officials went looking for the injured elephant to see if it needed help immediately after the accident at 8:30pm on Sunday.

Khanchit Srinoppawan, chief of the Khao Yai Park, said the spot where the accident occurred has a sign warning motorists to be careful of wild animals crossing.

He said the officials had not yet located the injured elephant by Monday morning.

Police said the front of the truck was damaged but the driver and two passengers were not hurt.

Source - The Nation





See also: TV news report of today (added later).


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9qNLB50dzQ" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9qNLB50dzQ</a>
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #12 on: November 14, 2017, 09:12:33 AM »

Khao Yai National Park officials are trying to find a wild elephant after it was hit by a pick-up truck on a road in nearby Nakhon Ratchasima.

The pick-up had a dash cam installed, recording of collision now on Youtube:


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jZ-xoiVobs" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6jZ-xoiVobs</a>

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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #13 on: November 17, 2017, 11:34:28 PM »

A solution to elephants damaging crops. A woman in Chantaburi says she uses a beehive fence to keep elephants at bay. She says it works.


https://www.bangkokpost.com/learning/advanced/1288730/beehive-fence-stops-attacks-by-hungry-elephants

Beehive fence stops attacks by hungry elephants

A farmer in Khaeng Hang Maew district of Chanthaburi province has finally found a humane way to keep the hungry jumbos away without harming them – a beehive fence.

hang 40 beehive boxes from a pair of ropes strung between 2-metre-high wooden fence poles around her house.

Each box contains thousands of bees. An army of angry bees will swarm out if an elephant pushes against the ropes while trying to get inside the crops.

While a bee's stinger cannot pierce an adult elephant's thick skin, a bee can still cause an elephant to feel uneasiness around three sensitive areas – its trunk, eyes and ears, said Rachaya Arkajak, a researcher from the Phuluang Wildlife Research Station in Loei province.

"Once the elephants are attacked, they have a painful memory of the place. They never revisit," said Ms Rachaya, who has pioneered the use of beehive fences in Thailand. Even the sound of a bee buzzing can scare elephants away in just a second, she added.

As proof of its effectiveness, Ms Dararat never experienced another attack by wild elephants after implementing the African solution.

At the same time, she earns 8,000-13,000 baht from selling honey she collects from her hives every two or three weeks. Moreover, a sheet of pure wax comb which is used to produce candles has also become one of her income sources.

She also sells homemade beehive boxes at 2,000 baht apiece, but sometimes she gives away boxes to other villagers who are suffering from elephant intrusions.
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #14 on: November 18, 2017, 06:20:22 AM »

A solution to elephants damaging crops. A woman in Chantaburi says she uses a beehive fence to keep elephants at bay. She says it works.

Rdrokit is right then (reply no. 2).
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #15 on: January 02, 2018, 04:57:02 PM »

Khao Yai National Park officials are trying to find a wild elephant after it was hit by a pick-up truck on a road in nearby Nakhon Ratchasima.

Another elephant-car collision occurred in Khao Yai yesterday or the day before, this time in Prachin Buri Province, according to this report:



Elephant hit by car in Khao Yai, only dignity hurt

An elephant was struck by a tourist’s car in Khao Yai National Park on New Year’s Eve, damaging the vehicle but leaving both human and pachyderm unhurt.

The collision occurred on Highway 3077 in Prachin Buri, the Protected Area Regional Office 1 reported on its Facebook page just after midnight on Tuesday.

Park officials had been patrolling the road and monitoring the movements of elephants so they could advise tourists on how to observe the wildlife safely.

Park chief Khanchit Srinoppawan said a herd of five elephants was observed at 7.50pm at the Kilometre 35 marker on Highway 3077.

A car driven by Reungwuth Buranasuk, 56, struck a bull elephant, shattering a headlight and denting the front end, but veterinarian Pattarapol Manee-on said the animal was unhurt and returned to the forest.

Reungwuth said the elephants appeared on the road so suddenly that he didn’t have time to brake.

Park officials had noted another herd, this one seven strong, on Highway 2090 less than an hour earlier.

Khao Yai National Park, a World Heritage site, spans Prachin Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Nayok and Saraburi.

Wild elephants are occasionally seen on the two highways cutting through the park and encounters with passing motorists become more common in high tourist season.

Park officials erect warning signs and advise visitors to remain at least 30 metres from any elephants, to not take flash photos or honk the horn, and to flee if the elephants show signs of stress or anger, such as extending their ears and tails.

Visitors are also warned not to speed, make loud noises or feed the animals.

Source - The Nation 02.01.2018[/b
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Re: Wild elephants damage crops in Wang Nam Khiau
« Reply #16 on: November 30, 2018, 07:16:20 AM »

Khao Yai National Park officials are trying to find a wild elephant after it was hit by a pick-up truck on a road in nearby Nakhon Ratchasima.

Another elephant-car collision occurred in Khao Yai yesterday or the day before


One man died in elephant-car collision in Khao Yai last night. This video shows the likely dynamic of the accident starting at 3:08.


<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2fqRMJOIw4" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P2fqRMJOIw4</a>
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