3 wild elephants die within week in Dak Lak
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Police and the forest protection force in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak are investigating the recent deaths within one week of 3 wild elephants in Ea Sup District.
The body of the elephant that was killed in Dong Nai Province on December 23, 2011 Photo: Phap Luat TP. HCM
The first death, of a 150-kg elephant, was discovered on Mach 26 in Sub-zone 289 in Cu M’Lan Commune, said Mai Van Hien, head of the district forest protection department.
Six days later, the bodies of two other elephants, one weighing 400-500 kg and the other 2 tons, were found in the same commune.
After examining the scene where the 2-ton elephant died, police initially concluded that the animal could have been killed, Huynh Trung Luan, director of the Dak Lak Elephant Conservation Center, said.
Many parts of the dead elephants had been taken away, Hien said.
The illegal killing of wild elephants for their parts, including tusks, was not too rare in some provinces.
More than three months ago, a 7-ton elephant was found shot dead in Gia Canh Commune, Dinh Quan District, southern Dong Nai Province.
The left tusk, molar tooth set, and tail of the elephant had been removed before locals found its body on December 23, 2011.
Local police found 2 bullet tips in the head and the right leg of the elephant.