Assam: Kaziranga forest guard killed in rhino attack
A forest guard at Kaziranga National Park died after being attacked by a rhino on Wednesday evening, forest officials said.
“Tipusaran Sahu (51), posted at Kaziranga Range, was attacked by a female rhino with a calf at 5:30 pm while on patrol duty near Bokabeel anti-poaching camp. They took him to Kohora Model Hospital where doctors declared him dead,” official sources said.
This is the second death resulting from a rhino attack in and around Kaziranga National Park in Golaghat district of Upper Assam this month.
On February 8, a rhino killed a farmer while the latter was reportedly on his way to a paddy field.
Last month, security personnel shot and killed a wild buffalo after it killed two people and injured two others in Biswanath district.
Encroachment of forest land leading to fodder scarcity for animals has been a primary source of human-animal conflict in the state for decades now.
According to environment experts, unless forests are protected from human encroachment by adopting measures to ensure that the animals stay within their territory, such conflicts would be hard to monitor and control.
(Edited by Andre Kongri)
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