The carcasses of 20 critically endangered vultures were recovered from a field at Ghormora, Kabibaghan in the Sadiya sub-division in upper Assam’s Tinsukia district.

According to sources, the villagers of Ghormora on Monday morning spotted the 28 critically endangered vultures laying on the field and they immediately informed forest officials about the incident.

The forest officials rushed to the spot and found 20 vultures dead while eight vultures were still alive.

They rescued the eight vultures and sent them for treatment at Tinsukia.

According to local residents, the 20 critically endangered vultures have died after consuming the carcasses of two cattle at Sadiya.

“To kill the dogs some people have given poisons on the carcass of cattle but unfortunately the carcass of the cattle’s were consumed by the vultures and died,” said a source.

The dead vultures were sent for postmortem in Tinsukia.

A study by the Bombay Natural History Society and other organisations in the 1990s found that the population of the Gyps group- Himalayan Griffon, white-backed and slender-billed are among its member- in India and Nepal declined from about 40 million by 99.9% in just two decades.

Recently, twenty three critically endangered vultures had died after consuming the carcasses of two cattle at Dhola in the Tinsukia district.

Avik Chakraborty

Avik Chakraborty is Northeast Now Correspondent in Dibrugarh. He can be reached at: babs8oct@gmail.com