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An Indian grey Wolf was beaten to death by farmers as he devoured their livestock. According to Wildlife reports, this wolf had been spotted after 8 decades, however, was killed.
Spotted in Sunderbans
The locals of the town situated in the Sunderbans, spotted the wolf as it entered the world’s biggest mangrove forests. These mangroves mount between India and Bangladesh. According to reports the grey wolf also known as (Canis lupus pallipes) was caught by the farmers and was beaten to death in the first week of June, however, could be identified only after photos of its corpse were sent to experts. Anwarul Islam who is a zoologist at Dhaka University collected the DNA samples from the animal and along with his team, they examine for signs of more Indian grey wolves in the region. “It’s sad it was beaten to death. We need to conduct further investigations to find whether it travelled in a pack,” Islam told Hurriyet Daily News. Certain investigations are being conducted by Islam and his team to find out if the grey wolf travelled alone or in a pack, reports News18.
Last snapped in 2017
In 2017, a wildlife photographer shot a photograph of a wolf wandering in the Indian part of the Sundarbans. “It is possible that the one that got killed in Bangladesh is the same wolf spotted in West Bengal two years ago, as both individuals were male,” Yadvendradev V. Jhala of the Dehradun-based Wildlife Institute of India (WII) told The Hindu. As per reports stated by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the grey wolf was last spotted in Bangladesh in 1949.
The Indian Wolf
The Indian wolf numbers 2000-3000 across the country. They are mostly found in states of Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. However, Walk Through India states that it was the very first time that the Indian grey wolf was spotted in the Sunderbans. This species of the canin family has similar characteristics to that of the European wolf. According to Walk Through India, Indian wolves proved to be one of the largest species of the canin found in India. Others being the Indian Jackal, Indian Wild Dog, Red Fox and Himalayan Wolf.