At least 10 endangered vultures died at Bamunigaon under Chaygaon police station in Assam’s Kamrup district after reportedly feeding on pesticide-laced cattle carcass.
A complaint has been lodged by the state forest department at Chaygaon Police Station. The forest officials informed that the department is waiting for the post mortem report to ascertain the exact cause of the death of the vultures.
The forest officials suspected that the vultures ate the carcass of a cow at Bamunigaon and died due to poisoning.
The officials said that one of the vultures, who was rescued from the site, has been sent to Vulture Conservation Breeding Centre at Rani for rehabilitation.
It may be recalled, over 100 vultures belonging to three endangered species died in Sivasagar district in 2019 after feeding on pesticide-laced cattle carcass.
Vultures in the wild are facing extinction at a very rapid rate. Wildlife activists have appealed to the government to create awareness in village areas regarding the need to protect vultures in Assam.
India is home to nine species of vultures. Assam has six species of vultures – oriental white-backed vulture, slender-billed vulture and king vulture, Himalayan Griffon, Eurasian Griffon and Cinereous vulture.
Vultures help to clean the environment by eating up decomposed carcasses. Diseases like anthrax, rabies etc also remain under control due to vultures.
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