On the eve of Elephant Day, as part of the Wildlife Week, a tusker was found killed with its tusks removed inside Kaptipada forest range in Mayurbhanj district.
Sources said a team led by Baripada DFO Bijay Kumar Panda spotted the decomposed carcass of the 15-year-old tusker, suspected to have been killed a month back. The carcass was found near Katuria under Sananai forest beat area, on Wednesday.
Panda said it was difficult to ascertain the cause of death as the carcass was fully decomposed and its trunk and body parts eaten away by wild animals. “Though a post-mortem has been conducted, we could not take its viscera for tests as the carcass was completely rotten,” he said.
Meanwhile, forester Himanshu Mohanta was placed under suspension for dereliction of duty, on Thursday.
The DFO said a suspect had been identified and he would be arrested after a thorough investigation.