Mondulkiri provincial authorities are hunting poachers who shot an elephant for its tusks near Keo Seima Wildlife Sanctuary.
Environment Ministry spokesman Neth Pheaktra said today forest rangers from the provincial environment department found the elephant in a cashew plantation. It had been shot about ten days ago.
He said the elephant was 2.70 metres tall, 4.50 metres long and weighing about two tonnes.
“Examination of the elephant’s body showed it was shot for its ivory,” he said. “The tusks were missing and its tail was cut off. There was a gunshot wound on the elephant’s body.
“We are investigating the case, but it was shot using a home-made poisoned bullet,” Mr Pheaktra added.
“There was a hole near its right eye that we assumed was a gunshot wound.”
Full story in Wednesday’s paper.