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A rogue elephant was shot dead in Taljhari forest of the Sahibgunj district in Jharkhand
A rogue elephant was shot dead in Taljhari forest of the Sahibgunj district in Jharkhand

13 August, 2017

An elephant blamed for killing 15 people in eastern India for the past few months was shot dead on Friday.

"If we had been hit by his trunk it could have been fatal".

Wildlife rangers and hunters assembled in Jharkhand after another victim was trampled to death Tuesday evening, the state's chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh told AFP.

"An expert hunter and sharpshooter was given the task to take the ideal aim, as we want to avoid a painful death for the animal".

The elephant, believed to be 20-25 years old, have killed 11 people in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand since March and four others in the neighboring state of Bihar, said Singh. After entering Sahibgunj, he had found enough forest cover which made him hard to track.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.After futile attempts by the veterinary team of the Jharkhand Forest Department to tranquillise the beast, Mr , As Reported By Hindu.

Khan, who has carried out 24 previous government-sanctioned hunting missions, said he was baffled by the elephant's behaviour.

Those who were killed in Jharkhand belonged to the endangered tribal community known as Pahariya.

The sharpshooter was last roped in by authorities in western Maharastra state, where he tranquillised a killer tiger. "I prefer tranquilizing animals. He fired the first shot on its forehead, and after it fell, fired another shot to confirm it was killed", he said.

Animal lovers expressed their anger on the decision of Jharkhand government to shoot an elephant ahead of World Elephant Day on August 12.

Violent encounters between elephants and humans have been on the rise, as human activities and expansion of settlements leave little room for wild elephants to roam.

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