Man vs Wild
Can man and elephant continue to coexist in India's Assam State?
In Assam, India, conflict rages between locals and elephants. As Assam's population grows, the animals' habitat is diminishing, forcing man and elephant into violent and even deadly confrontations.
“The elephants have changed their behaviour,” says Green Hub conservationist Rita Banarji. “They are more aggressive than they used to be.” Last year in Assam state alone, elephants killed at least 64 people. The development of rice paddies and tea plantations in Assam continue to shrink elephants' thoroughfares. Local farmers are driven to using rubber pellets and rocks to divert the animals from their fields.