Officers in Prachuap Khiri Khan are currently searching for the gunman or gunmen who shot and killed a wild elephant inside of the Kui Buri National park last Friday (January 12.)
Police are currently in the process of interviewing all registered gun owners in the area.
Police chief Pol Maj General Pattana Pesayanawin said that the elephant killed was known locally as Plai Nga Ngam a 20-year-old male elephant and now the 22 wild elephant to have been killed inside the park.
Speaking to reporters today Pol Colonel Chana Suwankomon the man in charge of one of the three separate teams investigating the incident estimated that the case would be solved in the next two to three days.
Police are currently working on the theory that the elephant was either killed for its tusks or because it raided farmland to eat the crops.
It was noted that the elephant travelled a significant distance after being shot before eventually succumbing to its wounds, police said they have narrowed down the location of the actual shooting.
Officers are currently in the process of interviewing sum 60 registered gun owners in the area and bullet fragments removed from the elephant have been sent away for analysis.
A local village headman Arunchai Sommit said that elephants raiding farmland has become a problem over the last few years but called the animals killing an act of cruelty.
He called on National Park officials and the military to patrol the area more frequently to protect the wildlife inside the park.
Source : Thenation
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