In what is suspected to be a foul play, five deer and seven wild goats were found dead in the Nagarhole National Park on Thursday. The incident came to light when Forest Department personnel were on a patrol.
According to forest officials, it is alleged that the animals have died after consuming water mixed with urea from a pond adjoining to the Neelagiri plantation.
While a few animals were found dead inside the plantation, a few were found at a nearby farm. Plantation owners usually mix water with urea for several reasons, including poaching, to avoid animals from drinking scarce water and also to use it as fertiliser.
Veterinarian Dr Umashankar conducted the autopsy and collected samples to be sent to the forensic lab for further investigation.
Deputy Conservator of Forests (DCF) Belliappa said there is no water problem in the forest, but a few animals depend on the pond for drinking water. The DCF said initially no cases will be registered against farm owners. We will take necessary action based on the reports from the forensic lab, Belliappa added.