Sambalpur, October 23 (LocalWire): A carcass of an adult tusker was found at the Badapata forest in Sambalpur early morning on Wednesday.
The decomposed carcass of the elephant that had its tusk intact was first spotted by the locals who later informed the forest department today morning.
On receiving the information, veterinary surgeons were rushed to the spot for conducting the post mortem so that the cause of the death can be ascertained, forest officials stated.
“It does not appear to be a case of poaching. The elephant might have due died due to sickness,” a divisional forest official stated.
Overall, the state has lost 124 elephants during the last 18 months, with Odisha recording the highest 91 death of the animal in 2018-19. While 36 of these elephant deaths were due to unnatural causes, the experts could not ascertain the reasons in 27 such cases.
As per the latest elephant census report, the state is home to 1,976 elephants and the animals have been sighted in 27 of the 30 districts.