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Ballistics experts called in after elephant found shot dead in Kuiburi National Park

 

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Picture: Thai Rath

 

Kuiburi district chief Chatree Janwirachai has ordered that ballistics experts trace those responsible for killing a wild elephant in the national park in Prajuab Khirikhan province.

 

The 20 year old male elephant was found on Friday. It had been shot with both a shotgun and a rifle believed to be an M16.

 

It was not a case where poachers had killed the elephant for its tusk said Chatree and was more likely because the animal was eating crops.

 

An internal examination of the elephant showed it may also have been poisoned.

 

It was also found mutilated.

 

Thai Rath reported that over the years wild elephants in the area had died due to electroction from fences as locals growing crops and the wild beasts came into conflict.

 

The district chief, police, military and other local officials carried out Buddhist rites yesterday at the scene to assuage the effects of the death of the elephant.

 

Source: Thai Rath

 
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Ballistic experts.... excellent.... now all they need to do is round up all the guns in the area for comparison testing.... 

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52 minutes ago, farcanell said:

Ballistic experts.... excellent.... now all they need to do is round up all the guns in the area for comparison testing.... 

Might become a bit difficult to read shotgun pellets or a tumbling 5.56 bullet.

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4 hours ago, tracker1 said:

Buddhist rites wont bring elephants back from extinction

Neither will killing one bring about their extinction.

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if it had also been poisoned and then eventually shot i would assume it was annoying the same farmers in the same area so they would be a good place to start. obviously assault rifles are illegal so could search and prosecute for that or maybe one of the farmers has a relative in the army. a few bases in that area too. if they really tried, i think they could track down the culprits

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17 hours ago, Just Weird said:

Neither will killing one bring about their extinction.

It happens quite regularly if you look at previous posts 

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9 minutes ago, tracker1 said:

It happens quite regularly if you look at previous posts 

No, this one had never been killed before. 

 

But, anyway, how many other times has this happened that could be considered a contribution to the species' extinction?

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29 minutes ago, Just Weird said:

No, this one had never been killed before. 

 

But, anyway, how many other times has this happened that could be considered a contribution to the species' extinction?

So that's it been wasting my time watching David Attenborough I will inform him of you observations

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Hunt underway in Prachuap Khiri Khan for elephant killers

By The Nation

 

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The slain elephant’s carcass was cremated between Sunday and Tuesday, with park officials and villagers monitoring the flames to make sure they didn’t spark a forest fire.

 

Police in Prachuap Khiri Khan are hunting for a gunman or gunmen who shot dead a wild elephant in Kui Buri National Park last Friday.
 

Gun owners in the area are being interviewed.

 

Police chief Pol Maj General Pattana Pesayanawin said the 20-year-old male elephant known as Plai Nga Ngam was the 22nd wild elephant killed in the park.

 

Pol Colonel Chana Suwankomon, leading one of three teams investigating the killing, estimated it would take two or three days to solve the case.

 

Police surmise that the animal was killed either for its tusks or because it raided cropland.

 

Chana said the wounded elephant covered some distance before dying, but the likely location of the shooting had been identified.

 

He said officers were checking on the owners of about 60 rifles registered in surrounding Kui Buri, Muang and Sam Roy Yot districts.

 

Bullet fragments retrieved from the elephant’s wounds above the left eye and left buttock were undergoing forensic tests, he said.

 

A lab at Mahidol University in Nakhon Pathom was examining tissue from the animal’s stomach and upper respiratory tract, the latter showing signs of severe inflammation.

 

Ban Yang Chum Nua (Moo 6) village headman Arunchai Sommit said there was a problem with elephants raiding farm crops, but he called the killing an act of cruelty.

 

He urged park officials and soldiers to patrol the area more frequently to protect the forest wildlife, whose populations have increased in recent years, boosting tourism income.

 

Source: http://www.nationmultimedia.com/detail/breakingnews/30336370

 
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2 hours ago, tracker1 said:

So that's it been wasting my time watching David Attenborough I will inform him of you observations

I didn't make any observations that were relevant to your comment, I asked you a question.  Maybe you'd rather ask Attenborough, he may be able to help you if you haven't got an answer.

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