Alipurduar, Oct. 31: An elephant skeleton was found near the 25th Mile tower of Buxa Tiger Reserve this morning and foresters suspect the animal died seven to eight months ago.
The chief wildlife warden has ordered a probe how the patrol staff did not spot the skeleton. It was spotted at compartment CRVK-6 around 8am today.
Foresters said the spot is in a remote part of the reserve and officials had to trek for almost half-an-hour to reach it.
Veterinary officers of BTR and Jaldapara examined the skeleton this evening.
Deputy field director, BTR (west), Apurbo Sen, said: “Veterinary officers have confirmed that the elephant was a makna (male without tusks). It died seven-eight months ago.”
“I visited the spot and the area is almost inaccessible. We had to walk for at least half-an-hour inside the dense forest to reach the place,” Sen added.
N.C. Bohuguna, the chief wildlife warden, Bengal, has ordered a departmental enquiry to find out the role of the patrolling staff in the area.
“We have initiated an enquiry and if anybody is found responsible, action would be taken against him,” Sen said.
In the past eight months, seven elephants have died in Buxa. “We cannot deny that there was some sort of negligence by the staff members of BTR. I have ordered a departmental enquiry to ascertain why the skeleton was spotted so late,” Bohuguna said.
Today, a dead gaur was spotted on the bank of the Dyna river near Banarhat, 86km from here. Divisional forest officer (wildlife-II) Sumita Ghatak said: “On Tuesday, two gaur had entered Debpara garden in Banarhat. We suspect the dead animal is one of the two.