Elephants besiege eastern corridor forest reserve

Elephants have besieged the Upper East Regional eastern corridor forest reserve at Tili in the the Bawku West District, destroying farms and trees.

They are believed to have come from the forest reserve in the Northern Region and neighbouring Burkina Faso and Togo, which is an annual routine visit by the animals to the area in the past few years.

The elephants are seen at night around the Tili and Widnaba communities near Zebilla, the district capital of the Bawku West District, searching for food, which was a worry to the people as the animals become wild when they see human beings.

Mr. Kojo Atarikiya, a Senior Wild Life Officer In-Charge of the Eastern Corridor Wild Life forest reserve, confirmed the presence of the animals in the area, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency, at Zebilla.

He said the animals had destroyed about 70 farm lands along the east and west banks of the Red Volta in the forest reserve.

He said the animals could also be found in the Garu-Tempane District and appealed to the two affected district assemblies to assist the forestry guards to beef up patrols to control the animals.

Mr. John Akugre, assembly member for the Tili electoral area, said the elephants had destroyed rice, maize, groundnuts, and millet farms.

Mr. Akugre called on the district assembly, non-governmental organisations and the National Disaster Management Organisation to support farmers, whose crops were destroyed.

Last year, a 35-year-old farmer was killed in the night at the Garu-Tempane District by the elephants. —GNA

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