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Tusker Killed in Kerala

3rd August, 2004

A tusker was shot dead and its tusks removed by poachers, in Kerala, on 30 July 2004. Reports received by the Wildlife Protection Society of India (WPSI) indicate that on the night of 30 July 2004, local tribal people in the Kuttampuzha Range of Malayatoor Forest Division heard the sound of a bullet being fired, followed by the screaming of an elephant. They then informed the Forest Department.

On reaching the site, Forest officials found the trunk of the tusker detached from the body and flesh removed from its thighs. There were also remnants of a tent and arrangements made for drying flesh in the area. So far, nobody has been suspected or arrested in this case.

It is shocking that poaching continues in one of the prime habitats of the Asian elephant. The Illegal trade in ivory has been the major factor for the decline in the Asian elephant population in India. WPSI has records of 206 elephants killed in India during the period of 2000-2003.




 

 

 

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