Haridwar: All the wildlife institutions including Union Environment Ministry have expressed serious concerns over the death of over 200 elephants during the last 11 years.

Over 200 tuskers died since the state bifurcated from Uttar Pradesh in November 2000. With 26 pachyderms taking their last breathe in 2008, the year proved to be the worst ever for them.

As per the census conducted by the Forest Department, the state had a total of 1346 tuskers. After 2007 census, around 100 elephants have been killed.

State in-charge of Wildlife Institute of India Rajendra Agarwal said, “Several tuskers die due to lackadaisical attitude of the department. The department should mend its ways to check the menace.”

Commenting on the issue Rajaji National Park Director SP Subudhi said, “Death of elephants is the matter of concern. A scheme has been devised for the protection of tuskers under Elephant Project. It is hoped that the project will help in bringing down the elephant deaths in the state.” 

JPN/Bureau