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POSTED | 13:48 PM | 11-08-2017

India hunts serial killer elephant

India’s top hunter on Friday (August 11, 2017) led a shoot-to-kill pursuit of an elephant whose murderous rampage through villages has left 15 people dead, AFP reported.

The government has turned to sharpshooter Nawab Shafat Ali Khan ahead of World Elephant Day on Saturday to hunt the animal that crushed four victims in the eastern state of Bihar in March before crossing into neighbouring Jharkhand and killing 11 more.

Jharkhand’s chief forest and wildlife conservator L.R. Singh said the decision to kill the animal was made after a team failed to tranquilize and capture the elephant during a week-long mission.

Singh blamed the rocky terrain and thick vegetation in Sahibganj district. “The visibility is only 15 feet and it’s become next to impossible to tranquilize the animal,” Singh told AFP.

“It has already killed so many people. There have been two deaths just in the last four days.

“Despite all the efforts by the forest department and our teams working 24-7, we had no option but to order the shooting of the animal,” he added.

 

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