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Amid protests from conservationists, an Indonesian government minister said the government will kill some of Sumatra's wild elephants to minimize crop destruction, news reports said Friday.

During the past several years, wild elephant rampages in southernmost Sumatran province of Lampung have killed 14 people and caused crop damage."I have agreed to cull and reduce the elephant population in the interest of the people, particularly the farmers," said forestry minister Djamaludin Suryohadikusumo, adding, "On condition of a certain limit."

The Antara news agency reported that he said the plan to reduce Sumatra's wild elephant population is still under examination in various ministries.