A wild elephant on Sunday rampaged through Lu Thant Inn village in Taikkyi Township, north of the commercial capital Yangon, destroying six houses and a monastery.
According to locals, at least three people in Taikkyi are killed by wild elephants every year.
Some 60 forestry staff arrive in Kyaukpadaung, bringing six tame elephants to lure the wild herd, and tranquiliser guns in case things get out of hand.
The central Burmese flatlands is not considered as a natural environment for Burma’s estimated population of 2,000 wild elephants.
The World Wildlife Fund releases a statement calling on governments in Southeast Asia to actively combat the surge in elephant skinning taking place in Burma.
Elephant poaching in Burma is on the rise amid an increasing demand for ivory and other products made from elephant parts, such as its skin, which is used in traditional medicine.