Assam: Elephant electrocuted to death in Manas National Park

Assam: An elephant is electrocuted in Manas National Park

Pathsala: A female wild elephant died of electrocution when it accidentally came into contact with a power line at Manas National Park in lower Assam’s Baska district.

This incident occurred at Bhuyanpara range of Manas National Park.

According to forest officials, the elephant suffered electrocution after being in close contact with an electricity wire.

“The elephant comes into contact with a live electric wire installed around a paddy field. An elephant entered the area in search for food from the jungle. Post mortem has been conducted and the details of the report are awaited,” an official said.

A 15-year old male elephant was electrocuted in a Kaziranga National park (KNP) tea garden.

Data shared by forest department shows that between 2009-September 25, 2020, electrocution caused the deaths of 113 elephants in Assam.

Officials stated that the majority of deaths could be attributable to electrocution caused by falling power lines and illegal electric fencing which were put up by villagers to guard their homes and crops from wandering Pachyderms.