Bhubaneswar:17/7/17 ;Researchers from Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun has drawn the curtains over a month-long spell of continuing suspense and speculation related to the sheep-killing spree by mysterious animals in at least three locations of Odisha.
WWI scientists today uncovered the mystery and interpreted that the mystery animals were pack of wolves, hyenas and jackals.
There is nothing new in the sheep being killed in large-scale by animals like wolves. There are past instances of sheep-killing elsewhere in the country. Maharastra had witnessed en-masse killing of sheep by pack of wolves in recent years. In fact, a pack of wolves had killed as many as 101 sheep in a single act of predation. However the sheep-killing in Odisha had grabbed spotlight following intense media coverage, said WII Scientist Salvador Lyngdoh while briefing reporters here today.
It has been conclusively established that it was the predating act by a pack of wolves in Niali in Cuttack district, which accounted for maximum sheep mortality. The pug marks and other evidence besides the nature predation all corroborate the animal as wolf, he said.