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China elephants: 150,000 evacuated from path of trekking herd

China elephants: 150,000 evacuated from path of trekking herd

Beijing, Aug 11 (Prensa Latina) Authorities in south-western Yunnan province evacuated over 150,000 people from the path of a herd of 14 Asian elephants which have been on the move for months.
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More than 25,000 police officers using vehicles and drones have monitored the herd, and altogether 180 tons of food were left in order to prevent elephants from attacking locals.

In addition, electric fences, baits and artificial roads have been used to ensure the animals followed the correct path.

Since then they have made international headlines with an extraordinary 500km (300-mile) trek that has seen them wander through fields, towns and cities, eating millions of dollars worth of crops and damaging buildings.

As the herd approached settlements, people were temporarily relocated to prevent conflict as local residents tried to protect their crops and homes.

By June the animals had reached the outskirts of the provincial capital of Kunming.

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