Gir Forest ordered for investigation, after death of 12 endangered Lions in Gujrat

Gir Forest ordered for investigation, after death of 12 endangered Lions in Gujrat

In Gujarat’s Gir Forest, after the sudden death of 12 endangered lions, six of them cubs, forest authority ordered for a serious investigation today.

One lioness died as was preying on an infected boar while eight other lions died of having infections in liver and lungs.

Three cubs died as they were fighting among each other, while other three in the middle of treatment died.

Officials of the state have sent the carcasses of lions to a nearby veterinary hospital for an examination that lead to the cause of infection in so many endangered lions.

Forest officer Vijay Chaudhary told the source that “Primarily the deaths appear due to natural causes or some infection.”

Enlisted as critically endangered in the year 2000, wild Asiatic lions can be found in Gir Sanctuary, Gujrat. That is spread over 1400 square kilometers in total. These endangered lions are the major tourist attraction of Gujrat, which have always been the target of poachers in the past.

Experts reports that the death of these endangered lions cannot be neglected as a part of a natural cycle.

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Priyavrat Gahhvi, Gujarat’s wildlife boards members and wildlife experts said that “there needs to be some preventive action by tracking the pride of lions in the area and checking them for infections.”

As per the reports, the latest endangered lion did in 2015, still, there are 521 Asiatic lions. However, in 2016, 10 endangered lions already died in flood.

 

by Banani Sarkar on September 21, 2018

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