The sarpanch also demanded adequate compensation for the family of the crocodile victim.
Bhitarkanika DFO Sudarshan Gopinath Yadav said the increase in number of birds visiting the park is a good sign for avian conservation programmes in the state.
Using loudspeakers and leaflets, forest officials are creating awareness among the villagers and educating them about the risks associated with using river water for bathing and other purposes.
In 2022, forest officials counted 1,16,070 nesting birds of 10 species in Bhitarkanika. Similarly, 1,98639 birds were sighted in the park in 2021.
Forest department has taken up the matter with district administration
On receiving information, locals and fire services personnel reached the spot and launched a search operation in the evening.
The villagers have been advised to use the river and pond water carefully by erecting barricades in the river and pond ghats, he added.
Sources believe the crocodile might have strayed into the pond from the nearby river during a high tide period.
A growing density of reptiles and the ever-increasing anthropogenic pressure has resulted in at least 10 fatalities in crocodile attacks in the past year in Odisha's Bhitarkanika National Park.
The Forest department has recently erected barricades at 80 river ghats and ponds around Bhitarkanika in Aul, Rajkanika and Pattamundai blocks.
The deceased was identified as Gangadhar Tarei of Gagharadia. In the last fortnight, estuarine crocodiles have killed three persons including a 10-year-old boy in villages near Bhitarkanika.
2 persons were killed in crocodile attacks in Bhitarkanika within a week
The crocodile suddenly manifested out of the knee-deep water and dragged in Sitarani, said an eyewitness Sabita Mallick.