Kala Wewa National Park Deega Danthu-I shot by trap gun: Wildlife Officials

Published : 9:12 am  June 14, 2018 | No comments so far |  |  (59) reads | 

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By Chaturanga Samarawickrama

Deega Danthu I, one of the elephants with the longest tusks roaming the Kala Wewa National Park, was found with gunshot injuries on Monday, Galkiriyagama Wildlife Warden D. Ranasinghe said.

 

  • A team led by Galkiriyagama Wildlife officers,  was sent to the location ,” Mr Ranasinghe said. “At the time we reached the location, the elephant was in a critical condition …

 

Speaking to the Daily Mirror, he said the Galkiriyagama Wildlife Department had been informed by several fishermen in the Kala Wewa area about a wounded tusker, which was seen limping.
Deega Danthu was one of the 18 tuskers living in the Kala Wewa National Park.


“A team led by Galkiriyagama Wildlife officers,  was sent to the location ,” Mr Ranasinghe said. “At the time we reached the location, the elephant was in a critical condition,” he said.  


The medical team had treated the tusker on Tuesday (12) morning. 


“The elephant is now recovering.  This injury cannot be from a licensed gun, but from a trap gun used to kill wild animals illegally,” he said. 

 

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