The Dong Nai Province Police Department’s investigation agency started Wednesday prosecutions against a case in which a wild elephant was found hacked to death with its tusk cut off in the southern province on Dec. 23.
The investigators have found two bullet warheads from a military gun in the elephant body. The four-ton male elephant was found with stab wounds in Tan Phu Protective Forest in Dinh Quan District of the southern province.
Police are examining the bullet warheads to identify which kind of gun used.
On Dec. 23, forest rangers during a patrol found the dead elephant in Tan Phu Protective Forest.
According to them, forest rangers have recorded the existing elephant in the forest since a time just after 1975. In 2001, authorities moved its herd to Buon Don Forest in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak but the elephant had been left behind because the animal got an injury on a foot.