Bhubaneswar: Finally, the expert team from Wildlife Institute of India (WII), Dehradun has identified the culprits behind mysterious killing of sheep in large numbers in Niali and other places of Odisha.
The team suspects the killings to be ‘surplus killing’ by wolves, hyenas, and jackals after its visit to three places including Niali.
“In the three areas that we visited; it’s attack by wild animals. This is called surplus killing by wild animals. In one area we found the attacking animal to wolves, in another area we found them to be hyenas and yet in another area its hyena or jackal,” informed WII expert Salvador Lyngdoh briefing reporters here.
On the other hand, there is a piece of good news for those who have suffered losses due to mysterious killing of sheep by unknown wild animal as the Forest Department is planning to compensate them for their losses by amending the provisions of the existing law.
It is learnt that a proposal in this regard put forth by the Department has been okayed by the concerned Minister.
“We have made a representation for amending the rules pertaining to wildlife protection. We are collecting feedback from the field on the rates. Then we will make a suggestion. The rule will be amended within a month or so,” informed S S Srivastav, Principal Chief Conservator of Forests.
Notably, it was in Niali in Cuttack district where deaths of a large number of sheep were reported due to attack by mysterious creature, then such attacks were reported in Nuapada, Athagarh, Jagatsinghpur, and Bhanjanagar leading to panic.
It was after Forest Department failed to capture the killers despite setting up of traps and night patrolling that the experts from WII were requisitioned.