Two elephants have been found dead in Karbi Anglong suspected poison
Two wild elephants have died of suspected poisoning in Karbi Anglong district of Assam bordering Kaziranga National Park.
A pregnant elephant and a male calf have been found dead at Borvetagaon in Karbi Anglong, bordering Kaziranga National Park.
An official statement said, “Two elephant carcasses were found in Karbi Anglong district bordering Kaziranga National Park on Sunday. The carcasses of a pregnant elephant and a male calf were found in front of the Dalmora Forest Range office, bordering the EAWL division. Borvetagaon.” ,
A spokesman for the forest department said the autopsy was carried out by wildlife veterinarians at the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation Center in Kaziranga.
Preliminary investigations have revealed that the elephants died due to possible poisoning. The spokesman said the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, used to file lawsuits, had killed 70 elephants this year due to various reasons.
According to him, three wild elephants have died due to poisoning, 16 due to lightning, 24 due to natural causes, 16 due to unknown reasons, four due to train accident, three due to electric shock and one injured.
According to official records, between 2011 and 2019, about 91 elephants were electrocuted in Assam. In May, 18 people were killed in a lightning strike in Nagaon district. According to the latest census conducted in 2017, Assam has the second largest population of elephants in India after Karnataka (6049). It is home to 5,719 Asian elephants. Human-elephant conflict is on the rise in Assam due to deforestation and lack of fodder.
In the last ten years, 690 people have been killed in elephant poaching in Assam; Sonitpur district had the highest number of deaths (124), followed by Udalguri district (118) and Goalpara district (78). According to wildlife officials, elephant attacks in various districts of Assam have killed more than 100 people, including women, so far this year.
The IUCN Red List currently includes 134,425 species, of which 37,480 are endangered.
“African elephants play a vital role in the ecosystem, the economy and our collective imagination around the world.” “Today’s updated IUCN Red List assessment highlights the current threats to both species of African elephant species that these iconic animals face,” said Dr. Bruno Oberle, IUCN Director General. “Hunting must be stopped immediately and adequate acceptable habitat must be reserved for both forest and savanna elephants.” A number of African countries have taken the lead in recent years, showing that the fall of elephants can be reversed and that we must work together to ensure that their example is repeated. ”
Recent studies suggest a drastic reduction in the African elephant population across the continent. Over a 31-year period, the population of African wild elephants has declined by more than 86 percent, while the population of African savanna elephants has declined by more than 86 percent.
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