252 elephants die in Odisha in past 3 years
As many as 252 elephants and 504 other wild animals have died during the last three years in Odisha, Forest and Environment Minister Bijoyshree Routray told the state Assembly today.
Replying to a question of Pratap Chandra Sarangi(Ind), the minister said 476 cases were filed against 524 people on charges of poaching wild animals.
Mr Routray said seven of the 476 cases were handed over to the CID Crime Branch for a detailed investigation.
The Minister said during the last three years as many as 20 elephants were killed by poaching, 16 died of poisoning, 28 due to deliberate electrocution and 24 in accidental electrocution.
While 11 elephants died in accidents, seven were crushed by running trains,54 died after suffering from various diseases and 41 died of natural deaths.
The reasons for the deaths of 51 elephants during the period was not known, Mr Routray said, adding that highest number of 83 elephants died in 2010-11 followed by 68 in 2011-12, 51 in 2009-10 and 50 in 2012-13.
Similarly, from 2009-10 to 2012-13, as many as 504 wild animals other than elephants were killed in the state,a majority of them (158)were reported in 2009-10,followed by 131 in 2011-12,115 in 2012-13 and 100 in 2010-11.
In 2009-10, 36 spotted deer,34 barking deer,20 sambar,21 wild boar and eleven black bucks were killed, the minister said.
Similarly in 2011-12, as many as 40 spotted deer,15 barking deer 14 hyena, 12 sloth bear were killed.