About 70 elephant deaths in 2 years in Kerala

Saturday, Aug 8, 2015,17:04 IST By metrovaartha A A A

Thiruvananthapuram | As many as 70 elephants have been found dead in the forests of Kerala during the last two years.
According to a report by the State Forest Department here, poaching of tuskers cause serious challenge to their existence.
Following this, the Government has decided to conduct a re-inquiry into the suspecious high death rate of elephants in Kerala.
It has also been decided to conduct post-mortem in the presence DFO in the cases of death of tuskers.
Earlier, Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, who inaugurated the Southern Forest Ministers conference , had called for the coordination of southern states to combat wildlife poaching and smuggling of sandalwood.
Encroachments and degradation of the elephant and tiger corridors and the emergence of extremist activities in forests pose serious challenges, he added.