Is it an outbreak of a rare disease or spread of an unknown virus? Mysterious death of more than 80 kites in Tumakuru city (70 kilometers from Bengaluru), has set off alarm bells in both the forest department and animal husbandry department of the state. According to locals, in the last four-days more than 80 kites have mysteriously died and they suspect it to be either due to poisoning or the outbreak of a rare disease.

The incident has left forest officials, bird watchers and conservationists in Bengaluru and Tumakuru shocked. According to sources in the forest department, the incident came to light on Friday afternoon with locals collecting carcasses of more than 30 kites near Maralur village on Tumakuru’s outskirts.

Talking to BM, TVN Murthy, Honorary Wildlife Warden, founder advisor Wildlife Aware Nature Club, Tumakuru said, “The incident is indeed shocking. Nowhere in Karnataka have we seen such large number of kites dying mysteriously. Previously, the site was used as landfill but later it was cleared and shifted to the outskirts. Yet, the local slaughterhouse owners dispose of carcasses here. It could be because of poisoning or electrocution. We have complained to the district forest official and they have taken samples to the Veterinary University to ascertain the cause of death.” According to sources, locals have been witnessing the death of kites since Tuesday. FULL REPORT