Jumbo shot dead, tusks gouged out in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary

Team Udayavani, Feb 7, 2019, 9:45 AM IST

Bengaluru: A highly decomposed carcass of a wild elephant, riddled with bullet holes and both its tusks missing has given rise to fear of a revival of poaching activities in Cauvery Wildlife Sanctuary.

Forest Department officials who found the elephant carcass, barely 4 km from an anti-poaching camp at Kothanur Range here, on Sunday, suspect that the tusker was shot dead with a country rifle a fortnight ago. An FIR about suspected poaching was filed with the police on February 4

According to the officials the poachers had shot and killed the elephant and then used acid to burn the skin and flesh of the elephant to remove the tusks. Officials counted three bullets in the head, and 12 in the torso.

Authorities suspect that the poachers could have sneaked into the forest during the Chikkaluru jathre which was held here recently.

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