2 per cent elephant population die every year

Kathamandu,Aug 13 : Nepal continues to lose its elephant population at a rate faster than any other country that is host to the Asian elephant species. The country has an estimated population of 100 to 150 elephants, but every year, two to three elephants are killed in retaliatory actions by local communities, according to Dinesh Neupane, who has been studying elephants for over a decade. On average, Nepal is losing two per cent of its elephant population every year, he said. All these elephants die in retaliatory acts: when locals shoot elephants that have strayed into their property. Elephants are also electrocuted by electric fencing that locals put up to keep them away.

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