Madikeri: Forest officials at Kodagu's Dubare camp have decided to cage Karthik, the young male elephant who trampled two mahouts to death in the last two months.
Mahout Annu was killed on April 17 while trainer Mani was killed on Thursday.
Confounded by the elephant's behaviour, forest officials have decided to cage Karthik and make him undergo a second round of domestication.
DCF Surya Sen said, "We have decided to cage Karthik for three months and it will be treated like a newly caught wild elephant."
Elephant expert and professor at the Centre for Ecological Sciences, IISc, Raman Sukumar said it was difficult to explain why the elephant attacked the mahouts. "It is possible that the mahouts, allegedly under the influence of alcohol, may have ill-treated the elephant. It is also true that elephants are attracted to the smell of alcohol. In Chhattisgarh, a herd had attacked a village where they brew liquor and in Assam another herd had smashed the liquor storage in the army barracks," he said, adding that it is safer to have mahouts who are sober and professionally trained."
Sen said a deaddiction camp will also be organised for workers in Dubare. They are plans to send mahouts to Indonesia for specialised training as well.