Bhawanipatna,Feb 17: A central team will probe into the elephants’ death within Karlapat wildlife sanctuary in Kalahandi district.
Concern of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and wildlife experts has forced the forest department to go for a probe afresh by a Central team.
A panel of wildlife experts along with animal epidemiologists will visit Karlapat Sanctuary on February 19. The team will study the cause of the death of the five female elephants and an elephant cub. Further, it will examine the threat of the virus to other animals of the sanctuary during their four day visit to Odisha.
Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF) Sashi Pal said that the animal experts from Odisha University of Agriculture & Technology (OUAT) have submitted the report to the government on the death of five elephants in Karlapat wildlife sanctuary.
Their findings revealed that all the six elephants have died due to septicaemia haemorrhage.
However, Odisha wildlife department anticipated that septicaemia infection might be more fatal for the herd of elephants roaming in the same sanctuary. As a precautionary measure, the elephant trackers were alerted to segregate the elephants out of herds. In addition, elephant tracker teams were entrusted to monitor elephants’ condition in the forest.