Tusker found dead in Wayanad

Updated - December 02, 2016 02:02 pm IST

Published - November 07, 2016 12:00 am IST - KALPETTA:

The elephant that was found with bullet injuries in a paddy field at Athirattukunnu in Wayanad district on Sunday.

The elephant that was found with bullet injuries in a paddy field at Athirattukunnu in Wayanad district on Sunday.

A wild tusker, aged about 20, was found dead with bullet injuries at Athirattukunnu, near Kenichira in the district, on Sunday morning.

The carcass was found in a paddy field owned by K. Gopalakrishnan of Olimidavu , a farmer at Athirattukunnu, adjacent to the Pathiri section of forest under the Chethalayath range of the South Wayanad Forest Division.

“The carcass was found with two bullet injuries on the middle of its head.

It is suspected that the elephant was fired at from a close range, using a country-made rifle,” Sajikumar Rayaroth, Forest Range officer, Chethalayath range of forest, told The Hindu .

The pachyderm had been sighted near the area earlier, Mr. Sajikumar said.

A pellet, suspected to have caused the elephant’s death, was recovered from its skull during autopsy.


A team of veterinary experts led by Anil Zachariah, Assistant Director, Animal Husbandry Department, Wayanad, conducted the autopsy. A case has been registered, he added.

This is the third such incident in the district in six months.

The killing of a cow elephant, aged about 13, near the Sulthan Bathery-Perikkallur State highway at Nalam Mile under the Kurichiyad forest range of the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary (WWS) on July 30 was the first incident. Later on July 26, another cow elephant, aged about 10, was found dead with gunshot wounds on its head at Melekappikunnu, near Veliyambam, under South Wayanad Forest Division.

0 / 0
Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.