An elephant was shot to death last week in a national park by men believed to be poachers, environment officials said Wednesday.
The elephant was shot down in Bokor National Park’s dense jungle by a band of six armed men who had been pursuing it, according to Conservation Director Chay Samith.
Villagers told park rangers that the armed men have been wandering in the park to hunt down elephants for their tusks, he said.
The elephant was originally eating fodder in Koh Kong’s Sre Ambel district abutting Kompot province, but it was frightened and chased by the poachers.
Rangers patrolling Bokor are investigating.
A pair of elephant’s tusks can fetch about $27,000.