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SOS Rhino : In the News : Kaziranga’s straying rhinos causing concern
 

Kaziranga’s straying rhinos causing concern

  By Sivasish Thakur

GUWAHATI, March 2 – Rhinos straying out of the Kaziranga National Park (KNP), the abode of the great Indian one-horned rhinoceros, has emerged as a major concern for the Forest Department and conservationists. While the phenomenon of rhinos wandering off the Park is not exactly uncommon, of late there has been a perceptible increase in the number of straying rhinos. The development bodes ill for the celebrated Park, as it could lead to a serious man-rhino conflict besides exposing the rhino to poaching. The ominous signs of such a conflict are already palpable with a person having been killed and another injured by a rhino recently. A rhino had also died of firearm injuries on January 27 after it had strayed to the Assam-Arunachal border near Lakhimpur.

“The situation is definitely turning bad this year, and unless treated in all urgency it may become extremely serious,” a Park official told The Assam Tribune.

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