A total of 75 rhinos have been killed by poachers in the State since 2013, the government informed today.
In a written reply to a question by AIUDF MLA Ali Hussain in the Legislative Assembly, Minster for Environment and Forest Atuwa Munda said that a total of 37 rhinos were killed by poachers in 2013, 32 in 2014 and six in 2015 (till March 8).
Of the total, 60 rhinos were killed in the Kaziranga National Park, six in the Manas National Park, five in the Orang National Park and four in the Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary.
In addition, another 145 rhinos died of natural causes in the Kaziranga National Park during the period between January 1, 2013 and March 8, 2015, while one died at Orang.
In this period, 12 tigers also died due to natural causes.
Besides, 115 elephants also died due to natural causes in the Kaziranga, Manas, Orang, besides Dibru Saikhowa National Park.
The Minster said that during this period, forest guards and security forces have arrested 124 poachers in Kaziranga.
Munda said that the government is taking various steps to protect the wildlife of the State, including improving infrastructure and arming forest guards with sophisticated weapons.
He said inter-departmental coordination has been beefed up and legal action has been taken against arrested poachers.
Attempts have been made to bring on board people living in the vicinity of the parks and make them part of the eco-development plan and stakeholder in resisting poachers.
He said the proposals have been sent to the Centre for deployment of UAVs.