Man-animal conflict comes to fore as two wild elephants carcass recovered
in Odisha’s Keonjhar (India)
The Avenue Mail
July 21, 2021
BARBIL: In yet another instances of man-elephant conflict due to depleting
forest cover and intrusion into dedicated elephant corridors owing to
mining in the mineral rich Keonjhar, two wild elephants were found dead
near Raba village under Bhuyan Juang Pidha Range in Odisha’s Keonjhar
district on Monday.
As per reports, locals found carcasses of a female and a baby elephant near
Raba village Kusakala panchayat this morning and alerted the Forest
Department in this regard.
On being informed, a team Forest Officials including Keonjhar DFO Swayam
Mallick reached the spot and started investigation into the matter.
Efforts are on to ascertain the cause of the death of the jumbos, officials
said. Sources said, a herd of elephants were spotted in the area last
The increasing incidence of death of Jumbos in the district has posed
serious question marks on protection measures of the Forest Department. The
exact cause of their deaths was unknown yet, they added.
The officials said the carcasses of a 20-year-old female elephant and a
five year old calf were spotted by residents in Raba village under Bhuyan
Juang Pidh forest Range on Monday morning.
A herd of elephants had come to the village on Sunday night in search of
food. “Electrocution is ruled out as no 11 KV power line passes in that
area. There is however a low-tension power line, but it is cabled. The
deaths likely happened early morning. To find out the cause of death, we
have sent samples of the carcasses to Centre for Wildlife Health at Odisha
University of Agriculture and Technology in Bhubaneswar. The exact cause of
death can be ascertained only after reports which will arrive after nearly
10 days,” said divisional forest officer (Keonjhar) Swayam Mallick.
There are apprehension of the elephants being poisoned to death by mixing
poisons with some fruits like jackfruit or liquor.