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Strayed rhino from Manas National Park raises questions on poaching attempt (State of Assam, India)

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Northeast Now News | February 24, 2020

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Wildlife activists are worried that poachers are probably again on the prowl in Manas National Park “to kill” the newly re-introduced one-horned rhinos.

Sources said a group of poachers had fired at a male rhino recently in Manas National Park.

The injured rhino on Saturday morning strayed out from the core area of the wild habitat and moved towards the west.

On Monday, the rhino was detected at Dholadonda village near Kuklong in Lower Assam’s Chirang district.

Original photo as published by Northeast Now News: Injured rhino being surrounded by local villagers.

Thousands of villagers assembled around a marshy open land to ensure that the rhino does not get to enter the area of human habitation of the village.

Photos available with Northeast Now showed that the rhino had an injury (suspected to be caused by a bullet) on the right shoulder, and was bleeding.

Forest guards rushed to the spot and tried to push back the rhino to the core area of Manas National Park.

Sources said the injured rhino was probably scared of the poachers, and crossed two rivers – Beki and Hakuwa, to reach Dholadonda village.

The incident of suspected bullet injury has created a major issue on the security of rhinos and other endangered species in Manas National Park.

Manas National Park was once home to more than 180 rhinos. But the entire population was wiped out during the ethnic unrest between 1988 and 2001.

Later the Assam government, in collaboration with Wildlife Trust of India (WTI) and International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), re-introduced orphaned rhino calves in Manas National Park between the years 2006 and 2014.

The initiative was supported by a number of organizations, including the US Fish and Wildlife Services, Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) and WADWT.

The programme aims to increase the population of the greater one-horned rhino by 3000 in new and potential areas throughout Assam by 2020.

As part of IRV-2020 rhino population range expansion strategy, 18 rhinos were translocated from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park to Manas National Park between 2008 and 2012.

For a viable and stable population of a greater one-horned rhino at Manas National Park, it is essential to maintain a minimum of 40 rhinos with a sex ratio of 3:1.

The remaining rhinos required in different phases of the project will be brought from Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Kaziranga National Park.

 

Smuggling of rhino horn continues unabated, one arrested from Bokajan (State of Assam, India)

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The Sentinel Assam | February 5, 2020

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GUWAHATI: Based on a specific input of illegal transaction of a suspected rhino horn by some unknown person SDPO Bokajan P.K Pegu APS, launched an operation and apprehended one Lalkhongmang Kipgen (40), S/O Langkhajang Kipgen of Natun Sehjang under Bokajan PS, Karbi Anglong on Tuesday.

Original photo as published by The Sentinel.

Police recovered the suspected rhino horn weighing around 510 grams.

A Bajaj Platina bike bearing registration no. WB 20 R 3400 and a Nokia mobile phone with SIM cards were also seized in the presence of witnesses.

It may be mentioned that as per media reports, rhino poaching in Assam is one of the major environmental issues in India which continues in the region of Kaziranga National Park, Manas National Park and some other grasslands of Assam.

The one horn rhino or Indian rhino is surviving in the north-east corner of India, Assam. Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora in Marigaon district and Orang National Park in Darrang district of Assam account almost 95% of the total wild One-horned rhino in the world. These rhinos are inhabited most of the floodplain of the Indogangetic and Brahmaputra riverine tracts and the neighboring foothills.