The 2017 Elephant Census report released by Forest and Environment Minister Bijayshree Routray on Monday that the elephant population in Odisha has increased marginally to 1,976 this year from 1,954 recorded in 2015.
As per the report the number of elephants rose by 22 in the state as against the 2015 census.
344 elephants were identified as tuskers and 1,092 as cow elephants. There are 502 young elephants in the state. The Forest Department could not identify the sex of 38 elephants.