Thursday, November 1, 2007

Lioness carcass found in Junagadh.

Times News Network

Rajkot: A carcass of a 10-year-old lioness was found near Jalandhar grassland in Maliya Hatina taluka of Junagadh district on Wednesday evening, according to official sources in state forest department. The sources said that the big cat died due to illness. Pus was found inside the neck during the postmortem. Farmers in the nearby sugarcan field had also seen the liness roaming around the crops, said a forest official.

The toll of lion death in and around Gir forest has already crossed 30 in the year 2007. There have been 16 unnatural deaths of the big cats including eight cases of the infamous poaching by a gang from Madhya Pradesh in March-April. Six became victims of elecrocution recently, one drowned in a n open well while another died in a road accident.

Such incidents have raised many eyebrows over the safety of endangered Asiatic Lions in the Gir Forest.

Even NGOs working for the protection of wildlife have shown concern ove the existence of lins in the area.

Source: The Times of India, Ahmedabad, Thurday, November 1, 2007 Page 3.

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