Several animals were killed by a mysterious ‘predator’ in the past couple of weeks across Manipur Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: To investigate into the mysterious killings of livestock across the state in the past couple of weeks, experts from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) will arrive in Imphal on Saturday.

Informing this, Manipur minister for forest and environment Thounaojam Shyamkumar also appealed to the public to be vigilant about false information spreading on social media which can create fear among the masses.

Following reports that a woman, identified as Mutum Inakhunbi, saw two unidentified animals at a residential area around 3.30 pm on Thursday, the minister, accompanied by senior officials of the forest department, conducted a spot inspection near the banks of Imphal river at the Ningomthong Kitna Panung area of Imphal East on Friday.

Addressing media persons, the minister said that small animals from the mountains hunting for food might have come down to areas near the Imphal river which are thickly covered with bushes. He added that a clearer picture will emerge only when experts from the WII, an autonomous institution under the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change, will arrive on Saturday.

Shyamkumar also advised the locals to take up social service and keep the river banks clean. He, however, cautioned the villagers that they should not burn the bushes as it can harm other living creatures around the area. The minister again appealed to the public to save the environment and wildlife and stop killing animals out of suspicion.

Stating that the arrival of three experts from the WII based in Dehradun will expedite the investigation, the minister said that traps have been set up at the foothills of the mountains and other locations to catch the ‘predator’.

Stating that the suspected animal is attacking only small domestic livestock, he said that it does not pose a threat to humans.

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