Avik Chakraborty Apr 23, 2018 00:00 IST
Dibrugarh: As many as 18 rare slender-billed vultures were found dead at Jamuguri Gaon in the Demow area of Sivasagar district on Sunday. According to a forest official, they died after eating a poison-laced carcass of a calf.
Three other vultures are in critical condition and provided veterinary care by a vulture-conservation team.
Talking to this correspondent on Sunday, Sivasagar divisional forest officer Bidya Bordoloi said the incident took place at Nitaipukhuri Jamuguri village near Pani Dihing wildlife sanctuary.
Bordoloi said the flock of vultures had died after consuming the poisoned carcass of a calf that was dumped in a paddy field on Saturday evening by goons. The official added that post mortemof the vultures confirmed that they had died of poisoning.