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Four elephants found dead on Sumatra island PEKANBARU - Four wild elephants have been found dead in the jungles of Indonesia's Sumatra island, and a conservationist said Friday he suspected they were deliberately poisoned. Nurcholis Fadli from the conservation group WWF said the animals were found on Thursday in separate places near Segati, a village in Riau province 900 kilometers (600 miles) northwest of the capital Jakarta.

He said bottles of poison usually used to kill wild boars were found near carcasses of three elephants, while the fourth, the only male elephant in the group, was found about six 10 kilometers (6 miles) away. Fadli said he believed villagers killed the elephants because they had been destroying crops, or because starving elephants had trampled at least four farmers to death last month.

He said he believed the dead elephants were from the same family in Tesso Nilo National Park, where several other elephants were found dead earlier this year. Fadli said the elephants had been covered with tree branches while roads leading to their location were blocked by logs, Fadli said. "There were strong indications that the animals were intentionally poisoned," Fadli told reporters in Pekanbaru. He urged authorities to take firm action to stop such killings.

He said at least 20 wild elephants have been killed this year. Sumatra's elephant habitats are quickly shrinking due to illegal logging and land clearing. About 2,500 are believed to live wild on Sumatra island, Indonesia's largest.



Posted in Environment @ 22 September 2006 15:25 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink






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