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Way Kambas residents live in fear of elephants

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Fri, September 25 2009   /  12:19 pm

Villagers around the Way Kambas National Park (TNWK) in Lampung have been living in a state of fear over the past few days due raging wild elephants destroying their crops. The herd of around 50 elephants has also damaged the residents' huts and chicken coops. Villagers are also gripped with fear because the elephants are no longer afraid of torches and bamboo drums, which were successfully used in the past to drive them away. "The elephants have destroyed dozens of people's chicken coops. Residents had initially intended to cook the chickens for Idul Fitri," said Sulasno, a resident in Labuhan Ratu 9 village, Labuhan Ratu district, East Lampung. "We are terrified because the elephants trampled to death a number of people." Sularno added that the herd of elephants had invaded the village two days before Idul Fitri. "We are still afraid to go outdoors at night because the elephant...