Bhubaneswar: Odisha Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray today pulled up a Forest Department official for delay in getting hold of the ‘unknown animal’ said to be feasting on sheep at several villages under Niyali in Cuttack district.
A seemingly exasperated Routray called up DFO, Cuttack and directed him to take all possible measures to put an end to the issue once and for all.
“How long people will wait? They are spending sleepless nights and are in a state of uncertainty. They have started doubting that it’s an act of human beings. They are saying so because we are unable to track down the animal. Our first job is to track down the animal and then drive it away from that area. Kindly take immediate steps today. I will also talk to PCCF. This is becoming too much. Everybody is waiting and we are getting no result,” the Minister ordered.
While the suspence over the mass killings of sheep is taking a toll on the villagers, the Forest officials today launched a drive wherein they burst crackers near bushes and possible hideouts to drive the wild from behind the unknown.
On lines with the veterinary report corroborating killing of sheep by wild animal, a top official of Nandankanan Zoological Park (NZP) blamed it to be act of wolves.
“I have personally supervised the location where pug marks are present. I can tell you 100 per cent that it’s a rama siyala or Indian wolf. The manner in which the wild animal has hunted sheep indicates that its Indian wolf as it eats it prey after killing it whereas a heta bagha or striped hyena eats decomposed meat, chews bones,” said Kamal Lochan Purohit, Assistant Director Nandankanan Zoological Park.
Similarly, a Forest official too spoke on similar lines.
“The attack style and the pug marks point towards rama siyala and people have also sighted it. The description of a villager also matches with the Indian wolf. A pack of Indian wolves are attacking the sheep,” Himanshu Sekhar Mohanty, Ranger of Nakhara Range said.