Do be careful when driving especially at night as you might run over a wild animal that is trying to cross the road.
Recently an adolescent female elephant was found dead about 50 metres away from the 13th mile stretch of Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing.
Estimated to be around six years old, the animal was found around noon by department officers acting on information received from the public.
Based on investigations, the department believed the elephant had been knocked down by a vehicle between 8 and 9 pm on Friday.
It managed to make its way into a forested area not far from the road before succumbing to injuries sustained.
The animal is believed to have died last night based on the wounds on its body and the state of its decomposition.
The elephant that died is believed to be part of the ‘Gajah Panti’ herd, it is estimated to comprise about 30 to 40 elephants which constantly cross Jalan Kota Tinggi-Mersing, particularly at night.
Previous records showed that five accident cases involving the elephants, resulting in one dead animal, occurred last year along the same stretch of road.
Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department Director Salman Saaban said the department had already installed warning signages for motorists in 10 areas frequently crossed by the animals.
He has advised the public to be watchful and cautious especially when traveling at night, to avoid running into wildlife.
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