Wildlife guard killed by elephant

January 11th, 2012 - 11:19 pm ICT by IANS  

Shillong, Jan 11 (IANS) A wildlife guard was trampled to death by an elephant in Meghalaya’s Ri-Bhoi district, a forest official said Wednesday.

“Marshal Kharsynteng, the wildlife guard was killed when he encountered the elephant inside Nongkhyllem Wildlife Sanctuary,” wildlife officer P.S. Nongbri told IANS.

Experts said wild elephants have been moving out of the jungles as people have encroached upon animal corridors, leading to an increasing number of elephant attacks on villages.

Assam and Meghalaya have India’s largest number of Asiatic elephants, estimated at about 7,500, according to a wildlife census in 2002.

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