The forest personnel of Balasore are maintaining a strict vigil on the rampant movement of an elephant herd which in a reserve forest of Mayurbhanj close to Balasore border. The herd had migrated from Jharkhand’s sanctuary and strayed in to Odisha after a brief stay in Bengal.nbsp;

The herd containing about 70 pachyderms included about 8 tuskers and 12 calves. Presently it is in the Asanbani forest under Betnati range since last night. The jumbos entered Odisha through Rasgobindapur and Deuli along the corridor which extends up to Kuldhia sanctuary of Balasore.nbsp;

In the previous years while their migration was witnessed between last week of November and first week of December yet this year they began their annual sojourn early most likely due to sugarcane and maize harvesting period respectively in Bengal and Odisha.nbsp;

The herd is causing damage to the standing crops. The divisional forest officer Balasore H. B. Udgata said the movement of the herd is being watched.Fencing and trenches have been put there he noted. The herd would cross Gopalpur then enter Nilgiri and finally the Kuldhia sanctuary he observed.nbsp;

Balasore has about 30 km trench length and 9 km solar fencing to protect the human settlements from the jumbos. ldquo;About one km solar fencing is either missing or damaged and the restoration process is on. Further the trench renovation has also made the apprehending the jumbos enterrdquo; said Udgata.