“These elephants have learned to hate people,” Pecheur said, “They attack without provocation.”
“Where?” I asked.
“Wherever there are wild elephants. In the last year, there have been almost a thousand attacks.”
“There’s no explanation?” I asked.
“I think they fear extinction. They’re fighting back.”
“But . . .”
“Futile?” The model maker gave a grim smile. “What else can they do?”
The photograph of this elephant is by Geir Kiste [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. It is at http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/df/African_bull_elephant_Tanzania.jpg.
For further information about elephant attacks on people, see “Elephants Attack as Humans Turn Up the Pressure” (National Geographic), “An Elephant Crackup” (The New York Times),
and the various Youtube videos such as http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13qUJrMCoDU.