New Delhi: More than forty-nine of the endangered one-horned rhinos have died in Assam since torrential rains hit the state in May. Of the 49 only 19 horns have been recovered by the Forest department; it is suspected that poachers are responsible for the missing horns.
In reply to a written query by Bodoland People's Front (BPF) MLA Majendra Narzary, state Forest Minister Pramila Rani Brahma said 49 rhinos have lost their lives since the new BJP-led government took charge in May this year.
As per sources, out of the 49 rhinos, poachers killed 5 rhinos in Kaziranga National Park and one in Orang National Park in a little over two months. 22 rhinos were killed in the floods that hit the state while 21 had natural deaths across Kaziranga, Manas and Pobitora forest areas.
Kaziranga, Manas and Orang national parks house 2,532 one-horned rhinos as per latest census.
Assam has five national parks -- Kaziranga, Manas, Orang, Nameri and Dibru-Saikhowa – that occupies a total land area of around 1,977.79 square km.