The carcass of an adult elephant, a portion of its trunk chopped off, was spotted in Bhutiachang under Paneri Police Station in Udalguri district on September 20th, 2019 by the locals.
Upon being intimated by the local residents, a team of forest officials and local police reached the spot. The forest officials suspect poachers to be behind the incident, but are not sure how the elephant was killed at the time of filing this news. The locals claimed the elephant was 50-year-old.
The forest officials told media persons that injury marks are visible in the body of the jumbo. The officials suspect that it might be a case of poisoning. “After receiving the post mortem report, we will be sure how the elephant died,” said an official.
“The elephant sued to invade paddy fields and damage houses. The villagers used to reel under fear due to the elephant. We are not aware of how the elephant died,” said a local woman while speaking to Time8.
Soon after the news spread, a steady stream of people from the local area visited the area. The local people also offered prayers over the carcass of the elephant with flowers.
The rise of man-elephant conflict in the state is a cause of concern. Sell of elephant parts are in huge demand in Myanmar, China and Vietnam. It is used in the production of traditional medicines. Demand for elephant skin, truck, penis and ivory are rapidly increasing.