Angry Elephants Destroyed 5 Ha of Coconut Plantations
Once again, another finding. Merang Redd Pilot Project (MRPP) team had received news from our counterpart in Musi Banyuasin District that they found 13 wild elephants around Merang REDD Pilot Project.
Pak Hadi, Kabag Perlindungan Hutan Dishut Muba, (MUBA Forest Protection of MUBA District Forestry Agency) told MRPP and requested for cooperation in handling 13 wild elephants in Karya Mukti Village Jalur P1-P10, Kec. Lalan, KPHP Lalan area, Bayu Lencir, Musi Banyuasin.
The colony consists of 8 large and 5 small elephants. The elephants had destroyed local agriculture and disturb local community. It is estimated 5 hectare of coconut trees destroyed by the elephants.
The elephants have arrived in Karya Mukti Village since 6 July 2010. They are still around the area. The community believed they are from Sembilang National Park.
Dinas Kehutanan Muba will lead a meeting at Sekayu for tackling the cases. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 28 2010.
It is expected that BKSDA, MRPP, Zoological Society of London, Harapan Rainforest and others expected to attend the meeting.