A total of 82 wild elephants have been killed in the human-elephant conflict in Sri Lanka during the first quarter of this year, an official here said on Tuesday.
Director General of the Sri Lankan Wildlife Conservation Department, M.G.C. Sooriyabandara told Xinhua that the elephants had been killed by gunshot injuries in most cases.
He said the most number of elephant deaths were reported from the eastern part of the country.
Sri Lanka boasts of 6,000 wild elephants according to the census conducted in 2012. The Director General said his office would conduct another survey this year.
Last year, as many as 256 elephants were killed in the wild.