Golaghat: The carcass of an adult male rhino with its horn missing was found near a waterbody inside the Kaziranga National Park in Assam, officials said on Wednesday.
Poachers shot the animal dead three to four days ago but the carcass was noticed on Tuesday.
A bullet mark was found on the body during post-mortem examination, pointing towards poaching, the officials said.
This is the first poaching incident of the current year in the Kaziranga National Park, known for its population of one-horned rhinoceros.
On August 7, last year, the carcass of an adult female rhino with its horn removed was found inside the Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In January this year, the Park’s Field Director P Sivakumar told reporters that the authorities have managed to check rhino poaching as only two pachyderms were poached in 2020.