Death toll of wild elephants rises

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new-CITY-DM-6-5By K.G.Karunaratne   

The death toll of wild elephants that were trapped in a marshy land in the Thummodara section of the Periyaaru river had increased to eight by Tuesday evening.   


Asst. Director of Wildlife Conservation, Polonnruwa Zone W.M.D.J.Wickremesinghe said that the carcasses of the jumbo were found when clearing the rank swampland that became a death trap to the 
wild elephants.   


 He said when the carcasses of seven elephants were recovered earlier, Minister of Wildlife and Sustainable Development Sarath Fonseka and Deputy Minister Palitha Thewarapperuma who visited the scene instructed the officials to remove the rank vegetation that camouflaged the marshy land. The official said the wild elephants had stepped into the marshy land that appeared to be a ground area.   


The Wildlife Zonal Director further said clearing the rank vegetation was a temporary measure. 


Meanwhile Wildlife Conservation Officials expressed concerns about the increasing death of wild elephants in a large proportion every year. They said 45 wild elephants in the Polonnaruwa Mahaweli Zone had died prematurely for the last eight months of the year and most of the deaths were due to human activities and accidents.   


Officials pointed out that the human –elephant conflict in the Mahaweli Zone had claimed the life of 16 people this year. They said the death of a herd of eight wild elephants in a marshy land in Periyaaru river was an unprecedented debacle in the history of wildlife in the country.    

 

 

Officials pointed out that the human –elephant conflict in the Mahaweli Zone had claimed the life of 16 people this year. They said the death of a herd of eight wild elephants in a marshy land in Periyaaru river was an unprecedented debacle in the history of wildlife in the country

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