KOHORA, Feb 10 – All is not well with the forests of Assam, particularly near the national parks and wildlife sanctuaries.
If sources related to wildlife are to believed, perhaps poachers after rhinos and Royal Bengal tigers, are now diverting their attention to the heritage animal, elephant. According to the sources the trunk of an elephant, the carcass of which was recovered inside the Panbari Reserve Forest near Kaziranga National Park was missing, which itself poits to a case of poaching.
Though there were injury marks on the carcass and pug marks near the spot, perhaps after being attacked by big cats afterwards, but the fact of the matter is there was also a sign of injury caused due to some anthropogenic activities followed by disappearance of the trunk, which strongly suggested that the elephant was killed by poachers.
Secondly, since a portion of the carcass got decomposed as the carcass was few days old, proper post-mortem could not be done by veterinary doctors, sources added.