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Odisha officials to install CCTV camera to find out livestock killer

As nearly 150 sheep have been killed in a couple of villages of Cuttack’s Niali block in last two months, rumours have been swirling that the killer is a mysterious animal.

india Updated: Jun 28, 2017 12:05 IST
Debabrata Mohanty
Representative Image | The forest department will install five CCTV cameras within two days.  
Representative Image | The forest department will install five CCTV cameras within two days.  (Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)

Forest department officials in Odisha said on Wednesday they would install CCTV cameras to catch the mysterious creature that has killed livestock in several villages in the state’s Cuttack district.

Principal chief conservator of forests SS Srivastava said that five close circuit television cameras will be installed within two days in Niali to trace the animal.

“It appears that the animal is not big it’s a small animal. These animals can hide behind bushes since the area has huge stretches of wasteland,” Srivastava said.

As nearly 150 sheep have been killed in a couple of villages of Cuttack’s Niali block in last two months, rumours have been swirling that the killer is a mysterious animal.

Panic spread in villages after morphed photos of an alien creature that apparently killed the sheep went viral on social media sites such as Facebook a couple of days ago.

Forest department officials, who have toured the affected villages with veterinary officials, suspect the killer to be either a wolf or jackal. Odisha animal husbandry minister Damodar Rout also said it could be a wolf or a pack of wolves as the area has a large number of betel vines.

“Wolves may be using these betel vines to hide in the daytime and are killing sheep in the night,” said Rout.

But to get a clear picture of the hunter, Srivastava said his department will install five CCTV cameras within two days.

“We will use crackers to scare the animals to come out from their hideouts. Once those animals come out we may lay traps or set up cages,” he added.

The PCCF said his department has advised the villagers to keep their sheep in places with lights on.