The Assam floods has deluged two important wildlife sanctuaries, Kaziranga National Park (KNP) and Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary, in the state.
According to a report, at least three rhinos and six deer have drowned in the floods.
Kaziranga park director MK Yadav said:
“Our patrol teams have so far located at least two rhino carcasses, both believed to be drowning cases because the horns are intact. A third rhino without its horn was found on Friday, but there was no bullet injury on the animal. At least six deer have been killed after being run over or knocked down by speeding vehicles.”
Also, an adult elephant that was part of a herd that was moving to a highland was electrocuted when it came into contact with a live electric transmission line that was passing by low.
Much of Kaziranga National Park, which spreads over 450 square kilometres (173 square miles) and is located on the south bank of the Brahmaputra River in Nagaon and Golaghat districts of Assam, is under flood waters.
Official sources have informed that a large chunk of grassland inside Kaziranga is under the water forcing the animals to cross over the hazardous National Highway 715 on the south of the Park to take shelter in foothills of Karbi Anglong.
The forest officials and police have mounted a vigil on the highway for the protection of the flood-hit animals crossing over it.
A heavy penalty is being levied on vehicles flouting the prescribed speed limit while travelling the stretch of the highway through the national park.
Over 70 per cent area of the Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary in Marigaon district, known for the highest density of rhino population in the world, is inundated.
The officials have earlier also said that shortage of fodder has hit the flood-hit wildlife sanctuaries. Also, they are worried about poachers targeting animals as they leave the sanctuary for the hills.
Wildlife personnel are patrolling on both the Kaziranga and Pabitora parks on country boats and motor boats.