Jharkhand forest officials gun down elephant that allegedly killed 15 people

Jharkhand forest officials gun down elephant that allegedly killed 15 people

Jharkhand forest officials gun down elephant that allegedly killed 15 people

Indian authorities directed Khan and his men to take down the elephant after it killed 15 people in two Indian towns in March.

LR Singh, the state's chief forest and wildlife conservator, had told AFP that shooting the animal was a last resort option.

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He said, "The elephant charged at me and was just ten meters away when I took my shot". After their unsuccessful mission, the Jharkhand government with a team of forest officials chose to shoot the elephant before it killed any more people. Many such elephants, who raze entire fields of precious crops, are also killed by angry villagers in retaliation.

According to forest officials, a hunter shot two bullets on the head of the animal, and another round was sacked as a confirmation shot. The tusker is believed to have wandered from its herd and got lost. "Something must be done", Singh said, referring to one of the poorest indigenous tribal communities in eastern India. Killer behaviour "He developed this abnormal behaviour of raiding the villages at night and pushing the huts down, killing women and children sleeping in them", Mr. Khan informed. "He has vast experience in shooting such rogue animals and that's why he has been given the responsibility to shoot the elephant", he said. We are brainstorming a solution. one of them is to shoot the animal.

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Singh said the team was assembled was after the elephant, believed to be 20-25 years old, had killed 11 people in the state since March and had damaged some houses. An estimated 1,100 people died across India from elephant or tiger attacks in the three years to May.

The elephant's death comes a day before World Elephant Day, which falls every year on August 12.

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Violent encounters between elephants and humans were an "increasing trend", said Singh, as vast swathes of forest are cleared for human settlements and industry.

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