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Jakarta Post

Elephant movement leaves crops in danger

  • Oyos Saroso H.N.

    The Jakarta Post

Bandarlampung   /   Sat, July 31 2010   /  11:50 am

Residents dwelling around Way Kambas National Park (TNWK) say they are feeling threatened by wild elephants over the past several weeks. The elephants have also caused fear among travelers using the Sumatran eastern route as the animals frequently cross the road, sometimes in dozens.

“Previously, elephants used to enter farms and rice fields only, but lately they have been appearing in built up areas. If we drive them away, they turn around and cross the eastern route, a traffic hazard,” said Sarwadi, a resident in Rajabasa Induk village, Labuhan Ratu, East Lampung, on Thursday.  

The villagers make bonfires around their homes to scare away the elephants.

“But it rains almost everyday, so it’s hard to build a bonfire. We fear the elephant herd will attack us in the dark,” said Sarwadi.

He added the wild elephants had already destroyed dozens of...