Assam: Jumbo Death Reported Due To Electrocution
Another wild elephant died due to electrocution in Assam's Tinsukia district.
GUWAHATI : In a tragic episode, another jumbo was found dead in a paddy field in Assam's Tinsukia district. The incident took place in Khatangpani Pengree under Margherita subdivision on Tuesday.
The actual reason behind the death of the wild elephant is yet to be ascertained, however, it has been suspected as electrocution. The body was found by the local people around that area, after which they informed the concerned forest department.
A forest official stated that, the body has been sent for post-mortem, and the forest department has suspected the cause of death as electrocution. The body was later on be cremated by the forest department. There have been many jumbo deaths due to electrocution this year.
Environmentalists have also raised concerns over this issue. According to the statement of an environmentalist, wild elephants are troubled because of the fencing that has restricted their movements in the corridors. The largest elephant corridor in Asia, Bogapani elephant corridor, has been fenced. As a result, the jumbos of Upper Dehing part of Assam are facing problems. Due to lack of defined corridors, elephants enter human settlements in search of food resulting in tragic deaths.
Earlier this month, another elephant died die to electrocution in Assam's Morigaon district. The incident took place in Daponibori area in Dharamtul. In 2022, a case was reported in the world famous Manas National Park, where a female elephant died after being electrocuted by a power line. The incident occurred in the Bhuyanpara Range of the animal reserve.
Forest department of the region claimed that the jumbo got electrocuted after coming in touch with an electric wire. It was assumed that the elephant sneaked into the area in search of food.
According to reports, most of the elephants death are a result of drooping power lines and illegal electric fencing put up by villagers to keep wild animals away from getting into their fields and homes.
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