Poachers kill elephant for ivory in Orissa

Last Updated: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 12:55

Bhubaneswar: Poachers shot dead an elephant and brutally hacked around its tusks to extract ivory in the Redhakhol Forest Range in Sambalpur district of Orissa, forest officials said Sunday.

The tusker`s mutilated body was found Sunday by officials during the ongoing elephant census in Rampur area of the forest range, over 300 km from here.

"The elephant was killed near a water body. It received two gun shots. The ivory was then extracted with sharp weapons," said Prafulla Kumar Sahu, a forest guard.

Range Officer Tankadhar Behera said: "We have lodged a case and started investigation into the matter."

The Orissa wildlife department Thursday started a survey to determine the number of wild elephants in the state.

According to a 2007 census, there were 1,862 elephants in Orissa. A government report states that over 300 elephants have been killed in the state in the past six years.

IANS



First Published: Sunday, April 25, 2010 - 12:55
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