Kolkata, March 23: A fully grown elephant was shot dead by alleged poachers in Buxa Tiger Reserve (BTR) in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, a forest official said here Sunday.
“The carcass of the tusker was located in Buxa late Saturday night. It was shot dead at least four-five days back. We are suspecting involvement of an unorganized poaching group,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forests N.C. Bahuguna told IANS.
Police and forest officials have launched a manhunt for the poachers, he said.
In 2013, two cases of elephant poaching were reported from the reserve.