Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant

Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant

Shoot-to-kill: India hunts serial killer elephant

India's top hunter told on Saturday how he felled a rogue elephant which had killed 15 people in a series of attacks since March.

Khan said that he reached Jharkhand on August 9 on invitation from the state government to bring down the elephant after efforts by teams of forest department staff from Jharkhand and WB did not bear fruit.

Singh blamed the rocky terrain and thick vegetation in Sahibganj district.

"Elephant has already killed so many people. But that's the last resort and we will take a call in a day or two".

"It was quite a hard operation because of the thick bushes and since the animal had turned rogue it charged at us before I pulled the trigger", Khan said. "Something must be done", Singh said, referring to one of the poorest indigenous tribal communities in eastern India.

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The marauding elephant likely wandered from its herd and became lost, straying into villages where the killings took place. Killer behaviour "He developed this abnormal behaviour of raiding the villages at night and pushing the huts down, killing women and children sleeping in them", Mr. Khan informed. "It was quite a hard operation because of the thick bushes, and since the animal had turned rogue it charged at us before I pulled the trigger".

Singh said the team was assembled was after the elephant, believed to be 20-25 years old, had killed 11 people in the state since March and had damaged some houses.

The environment ministry estimates a human dies every day in India in clashes with endangered animals - the vast majority crushed by elephants.

In 2014, Khan was licensed by the northern state of Uttar Pradesh to capture or kill a man-eating tiger that was believed to have killed eight people.

Experts say violent encounters between elephants and humans are increasing as forests are cleared for human settlements and industry.

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