Wild elephants from the Kaeng Krachan National Park have strayed into an agricultural plot managed by a school near Pa La U where they have destroyed crops grown for student lunches.
Police Lieutenant General Surawut Boonthanom, a coordinator of the Agriculture for Lunch Project at the Naresuan Pa La U Border Patrol Police School Huay Sua Yai Subdistrict, Hua Hin led Mr. Wuttipong Sri the assistant chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park and the village headman to survey the damage.
Agricultural crops such as bananas and jackfruit planted around the grounds to be a free fruit for students to eat have been damaged including over ten trees.
he elephants had also invaded the teacher’s house near the school, damaging motorcycles parked in front of the house. The Village Headman expressed concern over the situation as the damage will affect over 200 students who are mountainous Thai people who rely on the agricultural crops from the school.
One large elephant, about 2 metres in height had entered the area three days in a row. The school area is adjacent to the forest. There are now plans to guard the area as it is anticipated that more invasions will follow these recent ‘successful’ raids.