Elephant causing problems in the community
Lion Guardian Olubi has reported to us that there is an elephant worrying the people that live in the community of Olngosua. The single elephant has been in the area for the last three days and the community is asking for help to chase away the animal.
Elephants can be very dangerous, and it is not safe for the people that live there. This comes barely a month after a man was attacked and killed by an elephant at Ilchalai south of Olngosua. It is encouraging to see that the people are not trying to kill the animal as one might expect so soon after a fatal interaction in the area.
I have passed on the information to the game scouts who will assist the community.
I did not realise that elephants were so dangerous. People seem to be at greater risk from them than they are from lions.
Yes please help! I know this guy is probably dangerous but I don’t want the people to hurt him either! I hope all turns out well!
Elephants really can be scarily dangerous…I hope your game scouts can solve the problem, although it is very good to know that the community has decided not to kill the big guy.
How exactly do scouts go about convincing an elephant to emigrate? Do they simply “scare” him off? I’ve always read about these kinds of things, but how the process goes along has always kept me guessing!
Sorry to hear this elephant bull has worn out his welcome. He’s probably just passing through. I hope he has the opportunity to resume his journey before the spears start flying in his direction. Definitely a dangerous situation for the villagers if they get too close, or come upon him too suddenly. Have they tried spraying the area with a strong pepper sav? This technique has been used successfully to ward off asian elephants in India. They make a sticky, goopy substance and then smear it all over the fencing and surrounding foliage. It’s 100% natural. I’m sure you guys know all the tricks! Heck, I only watch elephants on TV and read about them online and in books. It must be quite a rush to walk around out on the Savannah with Elephants meandering about. Best Wishes.
I’m not sure how far you are from Amboseli itself, but I would call Soila at Elephant Trust. If it isn’t too far from Ambo she could probably identify the bull first and, if necessary, call in KWS to chase off the bull. The picture shows the bull streaming from his temporal glands and he may well be in musth. The combination of dribbling urine and streaming from temporal glands behind the eyes in a bull usually signifies that he is in musth. Some musth bulls are highly dangerous and only experts should attempt chasing them off. Be careful.