Indian Bisons from Manas National Park injured people and created turmoil in the fringe villages in Assam
At a time when the human-wildlife conflict is on the rise in the state and especially in areas near forest, reports are coming that three Indian Bisons (scientific name – Bos gaurus) are creating havoc near the villages of Manas National Park in the Baksa district of Assam.
According to reports, three Indian Bisons have created terror and disruption in the villages roaming in roads and injuring people.
People have reported to have seen these animals in the villages of Shukilapara and Botiyamari in Bajali sub-division of Barpeta district and Sastar of Baska district.
The bison roaming in Sastar has been tranquilized by the forest officials and members of the Mauzigendri Eco Tourism Society. The forest officials from Bhuyanpara range and Bahbari range, police and CRPF personnels are constantly trying to push back the animals to the forest.
Till now the bisons have injured five people including one forest personnel. The injured are Kalicharan Kalita (50), Tarani Kalita (48), Sanatan Kalita (40) and Rajnath Kalita.
Out of them, Kalicharan Kalita and Rajnath Kalita’s health conditions are critical and have been referred to the Barpeta Medical College.
One forest pesonnel named Lachit is also injured in Sastar village while trying to control the animal.
According to forest officials these months are the mating season for the bisons and it is possible that the animals have come this far in the run for mating.
The Indian Bison has been listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List since 1986 and it is only found in south and southeast Asia. They are among the largest living land animals on earth.