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SW China village finds way to ease elephant-human conflict [Copy link] 中文

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Post time 2020-6-23 10:18:05 |Display all floors
In southwest China's Yunnan Province lives a group of giant creatures. The Asian elephants, which are under first-class state protection and listed internationally as endangered, take this flourishing land as their home. However, as some villages are nearby, conflict between humans and elephants occurs frequently.

Jiangcheng County, located in Puer City in the province, often receive "unpleasant visits" from the wild elephants. Since January, there have been about 96 cases of elephants breaking into the village and causing damage of over two million yuan. Besides, many villagers are fearful of encountering wild elephants as they can harm people.

In recent years, the local government has come up with ways to ease these conflicts. A monitoring system that can track the elephants has been set up. Staff of the system will keep eyes on the route the animals take and send evacuation alerts to villagers via radio, text and phone calls if necessary.

The government has also purchased insurance plans to compensate villagers for the damage to houses, livestock and crops caused by the incursions. Because of these efforts, the conflicts have eased, without harming the elephants.

In other parts of Yunnan Province where the elephants are distributed, local authorities also came up with helpful methods to maintain the balance between humans and wildlife. (CGTN)

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Post time 2020-6-23 18:42:27 |Display all floors
Complete disengagement of the humans from the elephants would be the best solution, as we are neither predators nor prey to each other ...
Believe it or not, it's true.

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Post time 2020-6-23 22:31:16 |Display all floors
Can't there be a more scientific way? Fix a receiver to each of them so that as they come near the perimeter of the village, a beeper goes off that humans can't hear but the receiver can capture and it goes off to scare the creatures away from the range of the beeps. In the long run, cheaper than paying insurance to repair damage. Think of the global market for such a device-beeper. What for elephants, nano-devices against pests. What for Yunnan, Africa, India, Thailand..

Talking of Thailand, there is a youtube feature on an elephant which can draw itself on paper using its trunk to hold a pen. Perfect coordination, eyesight and imagination. Intelligence that will put to shame some of 'em puhliticians in the west.

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Post time 2020-6-28 03:31:29 |Display all floors
Let's hope that balance does indeed come into practice/reality.;

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