In this photo taken Feb. 19, 2011, villagers armed only with spears, machetes, firecrackers and a torch carry out a daily night patrol to keep elephants away in Galighat village, some 230 kilometers ... more 
In this photo taken Feb. 19, 2011, villagers armed only with spears, machetes, firecrackers and a torch carry out a daily night patrol to keep elephants away in Galighat village, some 230 kilometers (144 miles) from Gauhati, India. Here, in India's northeast state of Assam, is one of the hottest frontlines of a heart-rending, escalating conflict. It is waged daily in villages, fields and plantations of 13 countries across Asia where forests and grasslands continue to shrivel, igniting a turf war between one-time friends: land-hungry man and a simply hungry Elephas maximus, the Asian elephant. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Altaf Qadri
Mon, Mar 21, 2011 12:31 PM EDT