Erumeli bison attack: Forest officials highlight 'poachers' presence' as trigger factor

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Pathanamthitta: Forest officials suspect that the bison that killed two elderly persons in Kanamala near Erumeli on Friday might have entered the human settlement to evade poachers in the forest.

Experts have pointed out that animals tend to leave the forest if they face threats from other wild animals or due to the presence of poachers in their habitat. Further, bisons often tend to become aggressive under such conditions or due to prevailing health conditions.

Notably, as per the CCTV footage received from the area the bison that attacked two men in Kanamala seems to be healthy. Therefore, the forest officials suspect that the bison ran away from its habitat in fear after encountering a poacher.

The officials also confirmed the poachers' presence in the forest region near Kanamala on the eve of the bison attack.

The bison is currently roaming deep inside the forest. The officials are tracking the animal to ensure that it does not return to human settlement.

A bison attacked two individuals in Erumeli on Friday morning, resulting in their death. The deceased are Kanamala natives Chacko (65) and Thomas (60).

Chacko was sitting on the porch of his house when the unexpected attack of the bison happened. Thomas was working in the grove at the time of the assault.

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