Tupelo, Miss. – -(Ammoland.com)- The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and the Tupelo City Police are investigating the shooting of an Asian elephant in Tupelo, Miss., who was touring with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
The incident occurred in the early morning of April 9, 2013 outside the Bancorp South Arena. Ringling Bros. veterinary and handling experts have examined the female elephant, Carol and found a dime size point of entry on the elephant’s shoulder. The elephant is active, mobile and comfortable and is being treated with medication. Carol will recuperate off the touring unit under veterinary care.
The Asian elephant species has been listed as an endangered since 1976. Today there are approximately 35,000 Asian elephants left in the world and to put in context is about the same population of Tupelo, Mississippi with just over 35,000 residents. A reward of $26,250 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the shooting of this endangered species.
Feld Entertainment, Inc. producer of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & BaileyCircus is contributing $10,000 to the reward fund. George Carden Circus International is contributing $10,000, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is contributing $5,000, Crimestoppers of Northeast Mississippi is contributing $1,000, and former 1st Congressional District Representative Travis Childers is contributing $250.
Anyone with information concerning the shooting of the elephant should contact *the* *USFWS* *Grenada Office of Law Enforcement at 662-227-0990, the USFWS Jackson Office of Law Enforcement at 601-965-4699, or CrimeStoppers at 800-773-8477.*
About Feld Entertainment: **Feld Entertainment, Inc. has produced Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey for over 45 years. Feld Entertainment is the worldwide leader in producing and presenting live family entertainment that lifts the human spirit and creates indelible memories, with 30 million people in attendance at its shows each year. Feld Entertainment’s productions have appeared in more than 70 countries and on six continents to date and include Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey®, Advance Auto Parts Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, AMSOIL Arenacross, Disney On Ice and Disney Live! and Marvel Universe Live. More information on Feld Entertainment is available online at ** www.feldentertainment.com* <http://www.feldentertainment.com/>*. *
About George Carden Circus International: **George Carden Circus International is owned and produced by George Carden. With 50 years producing Carden Entertainment’s Shrine Circus, they are indisputably the largest and most highly acclaimed Shrine Circus today traveling over 40,000 miles annually throughout the United States and Canada.*
About Crime Stoppers Northeast Mississippi:** Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi, Inc. was formally established in January 1993. Crime Stoppers of Northeast Mississippi is composed of and services a nine county area: Alcorn, Chickasaw, Itawamba, Lee, Pontotoc, Prentiss, Union, Tippah and Tishomingo counties. The board of directors currently numbers 22 members. The Executive Committee consists of the Board Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, Treasurer and Past Chairman. The Tupelo Police Department serves as the host law enforcement agency and provides a law enforcement coordinator, as well as other resources.*
About the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect, and enhance fish, wildlife, plants, and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals, and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov