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By: Vasudevan Sridharan
From: MongaBay

Reducing human-elephant encounters with calls, texts, and digital signs

The Hassan district of Karnataka, India has been a hotbed of human-elephant encounters for years and a challenge for forest authorities, who have been translocating crop-raiding elephants for decades.

Researchers have replicated an elephant alert system that combines signs, voice calls, and text messaging used in the elephant corridors of neighboring Tamil Nadu’s Valparai region to reduce negative interactions between people and elephants in Hassan.

Using familiar technologies, the new system has reduced annual human fatalities in the region from several to nearly zero.

Read more: https://news.mongabay.com/2019/03/reducing-human-elephant-encounters-with-calls-texts-and-digital-signs/?fbclid=IwAR3xt5p4mtdfIeHj85yKmRRIiHkWkepNOmYqheBhOmLDdaBFzniK9-9QkC8

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