Forest officials said that the rhino had been killed some days ago. Forest officials had recovered two carcasses of one-horned rhinos last Friday in two separate remote sandbars of the Brahmaputra river.
One carcass was found at Chitalmari sandbar in Morigaon district whereas the other was recovered in Sonitpur district.
Assam’s Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (Wildlife) Suresh Chand said that “It seems to be a case of poaching. Our guards at Manas National Park had recovered the carcass from Bansbari forest range of the park today. The horn of the rhino was missing.”
He added that “This was the second male rhino which was trans-located to Manas National Park from Pabitora Wildlife Sanctuary in 2008 as part of the Indian Rhino Vision (IRV) 2020 project, which envisages an increase in the population of one-horned rhinos to 3,000 by the year 2020 in protected areas of Assam.”