Presence of nocturnal predators felt across state

IMPHAL, 27th Nov: The presence of some nocturnal predators, which started from some villages in Churachandpur district, are being felt across the state with similar occurrences reported in Imphal West, Imphal East and Kakching districts in the past two days.
On Tuesday morning, Thokchom Somorendro of Malom Makha Leikai in Imphal West district found six ducklings he reared gored to death. The way the ducks were killed suggests possibility of an animal targetting them. A duck of one Chongtham Santoshima of Iroisemba was also found decimated while another is missing.
On the other hand, six hens of one Ksh Chandrajini of Kakching Makha Leikai were found shredded in pieces and four others death in the coop on Tuesday morning.
Such incidents were first reported in some villages in Churachandpur district, where home-reared animals including chicken, ducks, goats, pigs were found death with unknown predators attacking them mainly on their stomach.
On Monday morning, 35 ducks of one Thokchom Ratan of Ningom Thongjao Kitna Pannung were found killed in similar way. Veterinary officials took stock of the situation and conducted post mortem. Post mortem report suggested possibility of some animals like dog preying on poultry birds.
Meanwhile, People for Animal (PFA), in its Facebook post, suggested possibilities of small carnivorous animals like Keijenglang (leopard cat), Moirang Sathibi (Small Indian Civet) or Martens (species of weasels), preying on poultry birds due to scarcity of foods in the forest areas.
Such incidents are result of rampant deforestation, PFA contended while appealing to all not to believe in rumours connecting the incident to some supernatural forces.

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