2 elephant carcasses found in Kuchinda Forest

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Odisha continues to witness frequent elephant mortality with carcasses of two more jumbos found Thursday in the Tileimal Patra forest under the Bamra Badram range in Kuchinda region.

After being informed by local people, forest officers rushed to the scene and started an investigation into the incident. However, the exact cause of death of the two jumbos has yet to be determined.

It is suspected that the pachyderms may have died after consuming pesticide paddy from nearby fields.

According to forestry officials, one of the dead elephants is a male and another is a female.

With frequent elephant deaths almost every week, questions are now being raised about the safety and security of the state’s pachyderm population.

The state’s distressed elephants face an uncertain and dangerous future and are near the brink of extinction. Once the pride of Odisha, elephants now see the state as a graveyard.

In 2021-2022, Odisha lost around 80 elephants due to different reasons. On average, 33 elephants died between 1990 and 2000. However, the numbers almost doubled to 64 in 2001-2010. Things got worse afterward, as at least 950 elephants died between 2010 and 2022.

According to wildlife experts, the safety of our national heritage animal in Odisha is in jeopardy and the elephant population is in decline due to poor patrolling and lack of tough action against errant forest officials.

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