In summer, during the protracted dry spell, elephants tend
to congregate into the Wayanad wildlife sanctuary.
Wayanad WLS already supports a large number of human
settlements and the domestic cattle population attendant
to it. These two factors lead to:
(1) Human elephant conflict leading to death of human
beings as well as elephants
(2) Crop-raiding causing human hostility
(3) Disease transmission between domestic and non-
(4) Poor health condition of elephants
(5) Increased stress – calf mortality (?)
We are grateful to Department of Forests and Wildlife, Government
of Kerala, India for their extended help in preparation of this paper.
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