Elephant That Killed 12 People Captured
Nov. 19, 2006
KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) _ Nepalese hunters have captured a wild elephant that trampled to death at least 12 people and injured several others in the country's southeast, officials said Sunday.
A team of 15 forestry officials found the elephant on Saturday after a two week search and shot it with a tranquilizer in the jungles of Sunsari district, about 310 miles southeast of the capital, Katmandu, said Ajit Karna, chief forest official in the area.
Karna said the elephant had killed 12 people in the past one month in Sunsary and neighboring Morang districts.
The elephant had also injured several others, five of them seriously and also damaged huts and crops.
The elephant had been terrorizing the area and villagers had been using drums and fire torches to scare it away at night.
Karna said tests were being conducted on the animal and they had cut off its tusks to prevent any attacks.