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Elephant shot dead in Kollegal, tusks missing

BENGALURU: The carcass of a wild elephant, shot useless 3km from an anti-poaching camp in Kothanur woodland, Kollegal taluk of Chamarajangar district, was once found on Sunday with tusks missing.

It’s suspected the pachyderm had been killed round a fortnight earlier. The woodland vary falls under the Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

Forest department sources mentioned the world didn’t have a spread woodland officer. Hence, an officer from a neighbouring vary was once in charge. “It seems miscreants used this to their merit,” they mentioned.

A woodland official filed a police complaint. A hunt has been introduced for poachers. He suspected poachers could have taken away the tusks.

Environmentalists and natural world lovers expressed surprise over the incident. “It’s poaching. The elephant was once shot within the head. The onus is on woodland and police departments to arrest the culprits. With country-made weapons easily to be had, poachers appear to be having a box day,” mentioned an environmentalist.

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Greens known as for increased patrolling by way of foresters and higher tracking of the woodland unfold over Mandya, Chamarajanagar and Ramanagara districts.

Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary DCF Ramesh mentioned the incident could have taken position 10-15 days earlier.

“Poachers shot and killed the elephant and used acid to remove the tusks. Forest workforce noticed the carcass on February 3 and I inspected the spot the next day to come. The tusker is about 25 years outdated. We suspect that an organised gang of poachers have killed the elephant. We’re investigating the incident,” he mentioned.

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