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Rhino killed; tuskers on rampage
Correspondent: Diphu,Feb 9(NPN):
Published on 10 Feb. 2009 12:56 AM IST
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Poachers removed the horn of a male Rhino, after it was shot dead inside Deothar Reserved Forest under Dolamara forest range, Monday morning. Sources said the poachers fired at least six rounds on the Rhino. The area where the killing took place is contiguous part of the Kaziranga, the home of the one horned rhino, which also falls within the administrative jurisdiction of Karbi Anglong East Division Forest. DFO KA east division J.N Hazarika told this correspondent that the Rhino was chased from the Numaligarh reserve forest area towards the Deothor in the early hours and then shot dead. The DFO received information about the movement of the rhino, from one of the directors of the Kaziranga park at around 8.00 a.m and alerted the Range Officer of Dolamara. The Range Officer followed the trail of the Rhino and reached the spot at around 8.30 a.m. A large contingent of wild life protection employees, home guard, police have launched combing operations to nab the poachers. Meanwhile, roving band of wild elephants were reported to be creating havoc in the western part of the district. So far eight people have been killed by rampaging elephants in search of food, in the past one and half month in the district bordering Nagaon. A herd of about one hundred elephants were rampaging in the Chang Chang bhil forest village, located near Shildubi under Kheroni police station Monday and reportedly ate standing sugarcane planted covering over fifty bighas of land. The elephants also damaged around two houses.

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