An infamous elephant, Mutware, has escaped from a game park in Rwanda terrifying villagers, admit wildlife officials.
Mutware has been rampaging through farms since the weekend
Conservation officer Fidel Ruzigandekwe said trackers were trying to find him after he left Akagera National Park.
The bull elephant acquired a fearsome reputation last year when a US security warning was issued about his temper.
"We can no longer move; we are in fear of Mutware, who has destroyed our gardens," a resident told a newspaper.
A former keeper told the BBC the elephant has been known to storm off before, usually when he is hungry.
"He has destroyed crops but so far no-one has reported any damage to infrastructure," Mr Ruzigandekwe, who works for Rwanda's Tourism and National Parks Office, told AFP news agency.
Mutware has become popular with local tourists, who flock to see him wallowing in Lake Ihema.
Last year, the 37-year-old elephant destroyed at least three vehicles in the park, prompting the US embassy warning, the agency reports.
The park does not have a fence, but Mutware is usually accompanied by park rangers.
Park rangers say Mutware usually has a good character and violent incidents in the past came about because foolhardy visitors ventured into the park without guides.
After the latest incident, a barrier was being considered, Mr Ruzigandekwe said.