An elephant was found dead with a bullet injury in Mundeswar reserve forest under Madhapur forest range in Boudh on Thursday, Divisional Forest Officer Jasobanta Sethi said. So for, at least six dead elephants were found dead in Chhatisgarh. Also Read - After Kerala, 2 Elephants Die in Chhattisgarh; Herd Mourns Loss By Gathering Around the Body | Watch

According to forest officials, locals saw the carcass and informed the forest department after which it was sent for a post mortem.

“Tusks of the elephant were found intact. Bullet injuries were found on the carcass and it was sent for post mortem,” Sethi said.

Earlier, an elephant was found dead in a village on Thursday in Dharamjaigarh’s Behramar village of Raigarh district. The cause of death is still being ascertained. Just two days ago another elephant had died of electrocution in the same district.

Last week, in Pratappur area of Chhattisgarh’s  Surajpur district, two pachyderms, including a pregnant one, were found dead. There has been a rise in the death of elephants due to unnatural causes. Many reports show the deaths of elephants across the country, including Orissa, West Bengal, and Andhra Pradesh.

In an incident that caused an outcry across the country, an expectant elephant lost her life on May 27 after eating a pineapple stuffed with firecrackers in the Pallakad district of Kerela. One man was arrested in connection with the incident, according to the Kerala Forest Minister K Raju.