Manipur forest department are working to ascertain the details of the reports of mysterious killings of domestic livestock in the state since the last few weeks.
The State Government of Manipur has sought the help of experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, to investigate the killings.
This was informed by the state forest and environment minister Th Shyamkumar to the reporters on the sideline of an event in Imphal on Thursday. According to Thounaojam Shyamkumar, a team of experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun are schedule to arrive in Imphal in next two to three days.
He even informed that a task force has been formed to catch the unknown predator responsible for mysterious killings of many domestic livestock.
Domestic livestock particularly chickens, goat and pigs by were mysteriously killed by unknown predator during the night time, was reported from four districts of the state.
The first report came from Churachandpur district headquarters, 65 km south of Imphal on November 6. Similar incidents were also reported in Imphal West, Imphal East and Kakching wherein the residents recovered the carcass of their ducks and goats without their internal organs. Latest incident was reported from Kangpokpi,Churachandpur,Imphal East and Thoubal districts on Thursday morning.
However there is no report of attack on humans so far.
Minister Shyamkumar said as per preliminary reports, it is suspected that the civet cats are behind the killings of the domestic wildlife across many parts of the State including Churachandpur, Imphal East, Kakching and Kangpokpi. He also said that civet cats are found at large in the valley areas although they are not dangerous to human beings.
Experts from the State including forensic experts are finding out the truth and the team of the Forest Department task force are taking up necessary steps at various strategic locations. The team will study the eating patterns of various animals at the Manipur Zoological Garden.
He said unless the final report is submitted by the wildlife experts regarding the predator, no concrete action can be implemented. Stating that the truth will be brought out at the earliest, he however appealed to the people of the State to protect the wildlife of the State.