Kunming, June 13 (Xinhua): China's Wildlife Authorities said Sunday they plan to guide the herd of wild Asian elephants in Yunnan province of Southwest China.

The herd of elephants has caught the global attention after they walked about 500 km from its original habitat in the autonomous prefecture of Xishuangbanna Dai in the province to enter Kunming, the provincial capital with a population of 8 million, late last Wednesday.

On Saturday, 14 elephants continued staying in the municipality of Shijie in the city of Yuxi, according to the headquarters in charge of monitoring his migration. . Another elephant that separated from the herd eight days ago stayed in the Kunming Jinning District.

The headquarters said they would direct the migration of elephants with food baits and road lock, adding that it would take advantage of favorable conditions, such as rainfall and temperature drops In recent days, to move elephants to their proper habitats.

Local authorities on Saturday mobilized 319 staff, more than 600 vehicles and 18 drones to monitor the herd and prevent human-elephant conflicts. A total of 3,548 people were evacuated on Saturday.

For more than a month, the authorities have sent the police to escort the pack, evacuate paths to facilitate their passage and use food to distract from entering areas densely populated

Asian elephants are under the protection of level A status in China, where they are mainly in Yunnan. Thanks to improved protection efforts, the population of wild elephants in the province has grown to approximately 300, more than 193 in the 1980s. Enditem

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