Three elephants found dead in Orissa Sanctuary
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Last Updated: Saturday, November 05, 2011, 18:40
Baripada: The carcasses of three elephants, one with its tusk missing, have been found in the Similipal Sanctuary in Odisha's Mayurbhanj district with poachers suspected of poisoning them.

The three elephants, a male with its tusk missing, a female and a calf were found dead yesterday near Kantikana in the Karanjia forest division, Range Officer of Karanjia, Suryamani Barik said.

The missing tusk of the male elephant raised suspicion that the three pachyderms were poisoned by poachers and ivory smugglers, forest officials said.

A team of wildlife officials including a forensic expert was sent to gather evidence. There were a series of elephant deaths at the Similipal Reserve last year.


First Published: Saturday, November 05, 2011, 18:40

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