Tusker found dead near Sirumugai (Coimbatore)
Wilson Thomas, The Hindu
May 11, 2022
The tusker that was found dead in Sirumugai forest range of Coimbatore
Forest Division on Wednesday.
The carcass was found in Pethikuttai forest where three elephants have
already died this year
A tusker was found dead in a forest area of the Sirumugai range in the
Coimbatore Forest Division on Wednesday. The carcass was found in the
Pethikuttai reserve forest where three elephants have already died this
A Forest Department patrol found the carcass around 11.30 a.m. District
Forest Officer T.K. Ashok Kumar told The Hindu that the staff examined the
carcass, which did not have any injury. The tusks of the elephant, aged
between eight and 11, were intact, he said.
“After the recent death of elephants in the Pethikuttai reserve forest, the
field staff were directed to conduct special patrols. The carcass was found
during such a patrol on Wednesday. The cause of death will be known after
an autopsy on Thursday,” he said.
The Pethikuttai reserve forest is spread over 2,000 hectares, and borders
the storage area of the Bhavanisagar dam. Elephants from various elephant
ranges in the Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve come to this forest in summer
because of the availability of water.