The fire between us: why the Bankura elephants faced ire

 

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Photo: Biplab Hazra/Sanctuary Wildlife Photography Awards 2017

 

Who do you blame? Farmers struggle to earn a living on a good day without the added trouble of herds of five-tonne grasshoppers nibbling on their hard work. Elephants have to feed their enormous bellies with what’s available: if humans cut access to other forests, they follow their trunks elsewhere. Farmers fight back with all they have — fire and noise.

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