Bhawanipatna, Feb 20: The three-member Central team of Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change which is in Kalahandi currently to review the death of six elephant at Karlapat Wildlife Sanctuary began its probe on Saturday.
The expert team had a meeting with the DFO, RCCF, Bhawanipatna post reaching the district yesterday.
Comprising of Centre for Wildlife (ICAR-IVRI Bareilly) scientist Karikalan Mathesh, MoEF&CC Elephant Cell national coordinator Prajna P Panda, HOD of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine at OUAT Prof Niranjan Sahoo, the team would search for the source of the spread of the pasteurella multocida bacteria, the cause of the Hemorrhagic Septicaemia.
Notably, Hemorrhagic Septicaemia was found to be the cause of the elephant deaths in the Karlapat sanctuary.
Earlier, the Project Elephant division of the Ministry of EF&CC had formed a four-member team to probe the elephant death in the sanctuary as per the requisition of the Odisha Forest and Environment department. However, the fourth member of the team senior veterinarian from Guwahati Veterinary College KK Sarma remained absent during its visit.
After conducting its study between February 19 and 22, the Central team will submit a detailed report to the ministry by mentioning causes, prevention and treatment of the disease in it.
Worth mentioning, at least six wild elephants died in Karlapat Wildlife Sactuary in a span of 14 days registering highest ever elephant deaths in a particular time in Odisha. Post the fatalities CM Naveen Patnaik ordered the authorities to stop the jumbo deaths immediately.