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* Elephants in the Thumbikulam reserve died of poisoning, Wildlife Dept investigation confirms
Wed, Oct 9, 2019, 08:58 pm SL Time, ColomboPage News Desk, Sri Lanka.

Oct 09, Colombo: An internal investigation conducted by the Department of Wildlife Conservation has confirmed that the deaths of the seven wild elephants died in the area near the Thumbikulam reserve in Hiriwadunna, Habarana recently were resulted from ingesting a poison.

Wildlife officers on 26 September discovered four dead wild elephants in the area near the forest reserve and three more on the 28 September.

The wildlife officials have obtained the samples of body parts of the dead elephants and conducted their own investigation into the mysterious deaths of such a large number of elephants at one time in a forest reserve.

The Department of Wildlife says that the Government Analyst's Department has also launched a separate investigation into the matter according to court orders.

The report of the inquiry by the Government Analyst's Department is due to be submitted to the court.

According to the Department of Wildlife Conservation, with the investigations conducted by the Government Analyst's Department and the Department, a definite conclusion for the elephant deaths will be reached in the court.

All seven elephants except for one were female elephants. Among them were a reportedly a pregnant animal and a lactating elephant.

The police believe villagers angry at the elephants for destroying their crops have poisoned the animals.

 

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