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Poachers kill young tusker in Orissa

Bhubaneswar, March 3 (IANS) A young tusker was killed by poachers in Kulunda forest of Orissa’s Angul district, a forest official said Wednesday.

The wild elephant received bullets below its ears and on its head. Villagers reported the incident to forest officials, who tried to locate the elephant. But the animal succumbed to its injuries and its dead body was recovered deep in the forest about 200 km from here.

‘We tried to trace the elephant all through the day. But we could not find it. Before we could treat it, it succumbed to its injuries,’ a forest official said.

The young tusker could have been shot by poachers for ivory, officials said.

According to a government report, more than 300 elephants have been killed in the state in the past six years.

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