A Laotian man was stomped to death by a wild elephant in a cassava plantation in Chanthaburi's Khao Khitchakood district on Friday night.
The body of 36-year-old Khemphetch Chaiyasan was found near his gun and a flashlight in the extensively-damaged plantation.
Villager Damrong Khansamrit said that upon hearing someone scream at the plantation at about 8.30pm on Friday, he and neighbours went to inspect and found Khemphetch being attacked by an elephant that seemed to be in rut (mating season).
Damrong said the animal turned on them so they fled and alerted the authorities, adding that villagers had spotted a herd of elephants intruding on this area twice before.
The victim's wife Buakham Chaiyasan, 51, told police that Khemphetch went to trap rabbits in a mountain behind the plantation despite her request for him not to go because of the news that several wild elephants were wandering there.