Cases of mysterious killings of livestock decrease but predator yet to be ascertainedIMPHAL | Dec 4
Forest department is yet to confirm the exact unknown predator responsible in mysterious killings of livestock which has been happening from past one month.
The department is putting full swing effort to reduce the unusual phenomena and to give a confirmatory result of the investigation, said chief conservator of forest (Wildlife), Anurag Bajpai in a press conference held today at headquarter of Forest department, Sanjenthong.
He said that scientists who came from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun are busy in installing cameras in the prone areas. Therefore, they could not start studying the collected evidences like faecal, hear, footprint and pugmark, photograph and videos trapped from installed camera of the animal so far, he added.
He continued that out of total 24 cameras, 10 had been installed till today and analysis of the collected evidences will be starting from tonight. He further assured of bringing up some confirmatory result within couple of days.
Though proper analysis is yet to be started by seeing the evidences that has been found so far, it is highly suspected that the responsible predator could be from a canidae family especially stray dog, wild dog or jackal, he asserted.
Informing the total incident that has been happening till today morning, he stated that 38 cases were reported and 140 livestock have been killed so far. However the control measure taken up by department is effective to some extent as the number of cases is declining.
He appealed the public not to get panic with the fake information and instead follow the safety measures which was published by department few days ago like to cage the livestock, proper lighting of the surrounding where livestock is kept, clean bushes in the surrounding areas of houses and most importantly to tie pet dogs during night and evening.
He also declared that according to a report from Veterinary department, the case of death cow in Kangpokpi was due to an attack by snake. However, removing the horns of the death cow was a dreadful incident and police department is investigating on it, he added.
Forest minister, Thounaojam Shyamkumar also appealed in his press release not to attack wild animals at any cost either in suspicion of the predator or not. He also appealed not to spread rumour and create unnecessary panic by sharing fake news or pictures.
It may be mentioned that the incident of unusual killings livestock by unknown predator have been occurring from the last one month. The incident was first reported from Tamenglong and then in Churachandpur, followed by Imphal West, Imphal East, Kakching and Kangpokpi district.
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