Preventing Elephant Electrocution
Scores of endangered Asian elephants are electrocuted and killed by low hanging power lines each year. Poorly maintained and badly installed electrical wires have become elephant death traps.
It is estimated that up to 170 Asian elephants have been electrocuted to death in the state of Odisha in India in the last 10 years. These deaths could easily be prevented if power companies comply with regulations to maintain their cabling, address low hanging wires and invest in stronger poles, especially along elephant routes.