Bhubaneswar: A total of 2,776 wild animals have died in Odisha in the last five years, informed Forest & Environment Minister Pradip Amat in the State Assembly today.
In a written reply to a question by BJD lawmaker from Baliguda Chakramani Kanhar, Amat told the House that out of the 2776 wild animals killed between 2017-18 to 2021-22 as many as 416 are elephants.
He said that action has been taken against the killers under the provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act.
As many as 669 persons and 741 domestic animals have died in elephant attacks and 9159 houses have been damaged by the pachyderms during the said period, Amat added.
He further said that in the last five years (2017-18 to 2021-22) a total of Rs 100,93,11,000 as compensation towards damages by wild animals.
The Minister told that the State has 19 sanctuaries and one national park.