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A tusker was found dead near Hosahalli in Sakleshpur taluk on Tuesday.
The reason for death is unknown.
Officers of Sakleshpur range reached the spot after they learnt about the death of the elephant from locals. M.L. Manjunath, Deputy Conservator of Forests, said the death seems to be of natural causes, but tests would be conducted to ascertain this. Those who visited the spot said the carcass had begun decaying, suggesting that the tusker died a few days ago.