Friday, August 29, 2008

Lion that killed boy in Munjiyasar caught.

Posted online: Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 01:36:22

Junagadh, August 26 Forest officials on Tuesday caught the lion that had killed an eight-year-old boy on the outskirts of Munjiyasar village near Khambha town on Monday. The nearly six-year-old big cat has been sent to the Jashadhar Animal Care Centre.
After the boy’s death, the foresters had swung into action and located the animal in the millet fields in the outskirts of Trakuda village adjoining Munjiyasar the same day. The lion was trapped the next morning without using any means of chemical immobilisation, officials said.

Deputy Conservator of Forest (Gir) J S Solanki, who monitored the entire operation, said, “A ring cage with live bait was placed near the millet fields. Soon after mid-night, the lion came out and entered the cage.” “The lion was identified by its pugmarks. It is the same big cat that killed the boy,” he added.

Solanki said the animal will be kept under observation for a couple of days or more. After obtaining permission from the higher authorities, the lion might be released into the interiors of the Gir forest.


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