A wild male elephant was gunned down within the Hindol forest vary of Odisha’s Dhenkanal district February 10, 2021 and its tusks hacked off throughout a brutal assault by poachers, officers stated.
A bunch of poachers utilizing weapons have been believed to have attacked the elephant from shut vary. Consequently, round 10 bullets pierced the animal’s physique, Prakash Chandra Gogineni, the divisional forest officer of Dhenkanal forest division stated.
Their motive was poaching; they eliminated the tusks of the elephant, he added.
A staff of forest guards reached the spot at round 6.30 pm February 10 after they heard gunshots within the forest. Round 10 poachers armed with weapons fired on the forest personnel.
“The guards managed to flee from the spot as they weren’t armed with any weapons. Later, we discovered the bullet ridden physique of the tusker, with its tusks lower off. We’re raiding a number of hideouts with the assistance of police to nab the poachers,” the forest officer added.
The gunning down of the elephant has elicited anger from conservationists.
“There was a spate of elephant killings within the state since final 12 months however no arrests as but. Though the state forest division has been making tall claims of protecting tabs on poaching, the gunning down a tusker and seizure of many tusks lately presents a unique image,” Jayakrushna Panigraphi, the secretary of Odisha Environmental Society, stated.
The rise in poaching instances was additionally indicative of extra demand for tusks from the worldwide unlawful commerce market, he added
On February 17, 2020 Bikram Keshari Arukha, Odisha’s forest and surroundings minister said within the state meeting that 246 elephants had died in Odisha between 2016-17 and 2018-19 resulting from numerous causes.
These included unintentional electrocution, illness, accidents involving trains and different autos, pure and different causes.
The minister additionally said that in keeping with the 2017 elephant census, Odisha housed 1,976 elephants. The Simlipal forest division had the best quantity at 330, adopted by Dhenkanal (169), Satkosia (147) and Athagarh (115). Of the overall 50 forest ranges within the state, 12 didn’t have a single elephant.
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