Betanoti, May 17: A herd of 20 elephants has entered into the Betanoti forest range in Mayurbhanj district on Sunday.
Twenty elephants of Similpal forest were seen moving through the elephant passing zone in the forest.
Forest sources said, the elephants were traced by the elephant trackers of the Betanoti forest range on Saturday evening. The herd includes tuskers, female elephants and a few calves. After staying few hours there, they ventured towards Gandigandha reserve forest. On Sunday morning, 12 elephants took shelter in that forest where as the rest eight left for the Valukachua forest. However, they reunited inside the forest in the evening causing worries for the nearby residents.
Forest officials have kept vigil on the movement of the elephant herd anticipating havoc in the nearby human habitat. On the other hand a sole elephant is seen moving around Badampur section under the range causing concern for the people.