MERSING: A 61-year-old Orang Asli man was trampled to death by an elephant while fishing with his son at the Sungai Teresap Forest Reserve near Endau here.
Johor Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhilitan) director Salman Saaban said the department received a complaint regarding the incident at 12.15pm on Wednesday (Feb 10) involving a victim identified as Din Janja, who lives in Kampung Orang Asli Labong.
He said five Perhilitan staff went to the Endau Health Clinic to investigate the incident.
"During the preliminary investigations, the victim's son, Endra Din, 18, said he and his father went to the Teresap Forest Reserve at about 8.30am to go fishing.
"While on their way, the duo came across an elephant that suddenly attacked them. Endra managed to escape but his father did not,” he said in a statement here Thursday (Feb 11).
He added that the victim's son then sought the help of nearby villagers at around 10am.
The victim was brought out of the forest reserve at about noon Wednesday but was pronounced dead while on his way to a nearby clinic.
Salman added that a post-mortem would be conducted by the relevant parties to identify the real cause of the victim's death.
"Checks at the scene with the Orang Asli representatives confirmed that there are elephant footprints suspected to be male, and other signs including fallen trees that are believe to have been caused by the same animal.
"The department advises people who wish to go fishing in the forest to be more careful and ensure that the area is safe to enter as it is known to be an elephant crossing area," he added.
When contacted, Mersing OCPD Supt Cyril Edward Nuing confirmed receiving a report on the case.