Sambalpur, Nov 16 (LocalWire) Sambalpur district today recorded the third elephant death in less than a month following recovery of the carcass of a wild elephant in Kalatikud forests under Jujumura block of the district.
The locals spotted the carcass in the morning and informed the forest department after which veterinary surgeons had rushed to the spot and conducted the post mortem.
The cause of the death would be known only after the post-mortem report, forest officials said adding that it did not appear to be a case of poaching.
Earlier, carcasses of two elephants had been retrieved on October 23 and November 14 from Bamara forest range in the district.
Meanwhile, man-elephant conflict has reached a flash point in Odisha in the current year if the government statistics are any indication.
As many as 63 people were killed from April 1 to November 16 this year as rampaging pachyderms trampled them down after entering into human habitations in the state during which 35 elephant deaths have been recorded, the sources said.
The current year also saw the highest number of 24 elephants being electrocuted till date of which 12 were by sagging power lines and as many due to hooking of live wires for poaching purpose.
In 2018-19, 91 elephant mortality had been reported of which 36 were due to unnatural causes and 27 cases for unknown reasons during which 92 humans were killed by the jumbos.
As per the latest census conducted this year, Odisha is home to 1976 elephants. The jumbos have been sighted in as many as 37 of the 43 forest divisions in the state.