At night, wild elephants are known to travel down from the hills and cross this river in search of better vegetation on the other side. However, the result has led to a curfew in-which individuals are not allowed out past dusk. The reason for which, is due to multiple fatalities in locals who have been unfortunate enough to encounter the elephants after dark. As a result The Munnar Divisional Forest Officer has put precautionary measures into place.
“Instances of wild elephants entering human habitats have increased recently and the animals often destroy crops. The police said that the area where Johnson was attacked was constantly raided by wild elephants. Even during day, wild elephants could be found there." - The Hindu.