Killer elephant shot dead in India

Rogue Elephant Kills 15 In Bihar, Jharkhand, Could Be Shot, Say Officials

Elephant that killed 15 in Bihar and Jharkhand may be shot dead if not brought under control

A sniper, deployed by Jharkhand's forest department, on Friday shot dead an elephant that is believe to have killed 15 people in Bihar and Jharkhand, Reuters reported.

After their unsuccessful mission, the Jharkhand government with a team of forest officials made a decision to shoot the elephant before it killed any more people. "But if it doesn't happen, killing is the last resort", he said.

According to Sakshi news, Jharkhand's chief forest and wildlife conservator LR Singh and his team went on a week-long mission but failed to tranquilise and capture the elephant.

'It was unfortunate we had to kill the elephant but were forced to issue the shooting orders since it was wreaking havoc in the region.

The wild elephant, believed to be about 25-years-old, had killed four people in Bihar in March before it crossed over to neighbouring Jharkhand state where it crushed 11 people to death. 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.

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"He is one of the best out there".

"We expect him to get the animal anytime now - today, tonight, tomorrow - anytime".

The forest official said that casualties could have continued to increase had several people from villages atop the densely forested hills not come down to lower areas. An estimated 1,100 people died across India from elephant or tiger attacks in the three years to May.

The environment ministry estimates a person dies every day in India in clashes with these endangered, jungle-dwelling animals - the vast majority crushed by elephants.

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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