In a second such incident, a tusker was found dead in the Maniabandha forest range under the Athagarh area in Cuttack district on Friday.
According to reports, some locals first found the tusker lying dead at the Gobara forest beat under the Khuntuni forest division and informed the forest officials.
A team of forest officials rushed to the spot and recovered the body of the elephant, which has bullet piercing marks.
The male elephant might have been killed by poachers, suspected forest officials. They said the exact reason would be known only after the post-mortem is conducted.