Ganesha to Bin Laden: Human-elephant conflict in Sonitpur District of Assam

Human-elephant conflict poses a considerable threat to the population of the Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) that is already on the brink of extinction due to poaching for ivory, habitat loss and fragmentation. The extensive alteration of elephant habitat by human population is forcing the species to confine themselves into small pockets of land that are connected only by human settlements. Wherever humans live in the vicinity of wildlife habitats, there will be some degree of conflict, often leading due to the death of elephants.