Kendrapara, October 5 (Local Wire) Around 12 sheep found dead at the house of Bhamarabara Bhuyan of village Mangalpur under Derabishi block in Kendrapara district on Friday morning.
“We suspect wolves from nearby bushy areas strayed into the village and attacked Wednesday night every one of the sheep flock, meaning the lot had young wolves and the mother wolf taught how to hunt,” said Adhir Behera the forest range officer of Kendrapara.
The Indian Wolf is an endangered species under Schedule I of Wildlife Protection Act, 1972. The killing of a wolf is an offense under the provision of the Act.
The forest department has issued an advisory to the farmers several times to keep sheep in an enclosure to prevent wolves to enter animal-sheds after wolves killed many sheep in Niali area in Cuttack, and some villages in Jagatsinghpur, also in Kendrapara districts last year.
Two months back, around 25 sheep were found dead in a house of another villager of the district.
Villagers did not pay heed to the forest department’s advisory for which wolves managed to kill again by easily entering into the bamboo-walled animal-shed.
“Wolves took livers of the sheep to feed the baby wolves,” the official said.
Wolves cannot attack goats or cattle for being horned animals, he added.