20 Himalayan Griffon vultures found dead in Sivasagar

JORHAT: At least 20 Himalayan Griffon vultures died after consuming poison in a paddy field at Lahon Gaon in the Konwarpur area of Sivasagar district on Saturday. Forest officials rescued seven other ailing vultures from the field and all are under treatment.

A five-member team of veterinarians from Centre for Wildlife Rehabilitation and Conservation (CWRC) near Kaziranga National Park reached the spot on Saturday afternoon. They treated seven ailing vultures here. The conditions of the birds are stated to be critical," said forest range officer (Sivasagar) Pransewar Das.

Saturday's incident took place barely two months after a similar incident occurred at Bam Rajabari village in Sivsagar.

On January 23, over 51 vultures were poisoned to death at Bam Rajabari. Only one was rescued by a CWRC team and later released in the wild.

"We have recovered 20 carcasses of vultures from the paddy field. Preliminary investigations suggest that the vultures consumed poisonous substance somewhere in the area. The carcasses have been sent to Sivasagar veterinary hospital for autopsy. We will send the post-mortem samples to the Regional Animal Health Centre, Khanapara in Guwahati, for further toxicological investigation and confirmatory diagnosis."

The incident took place at Sitoloni Pathar (a paddy field), at 11 am on Saturday.

The locals discovered at least 27 ailing vultures there.

They informed the forest staffers. All the vultures died on the spot, said an official.

Last updated on 09 March 2015