Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Lioness killed in Gir forests.


Amreli, Dec 19 (PTI) The body of a lioness killed with a sharp edged weapon has been recovered from Tulsishyam range of the Gir forests in the district.

A post-mortem conducted on the body of the seven-year-old lioness, which was found on Thursday night from the protected forest area, revealed that it had received several wounds on the left side of her chest by some sharp edged weapon, Gujarat forest department officials said here today.

An investigation has been launched into the poaching incident, they said, adding no stone will be left unturned to bring the culprits to book.

Two years ago, nine lions were killed in separate incidents by a gang of poachers from Madhya Pradesh.

Gir wildlife sanctuary is the last abode of Asiatic lions, where in a census of 2005, 259 lions were found. The census of lions in Gir is likely to be conducted next year.

Source: http://www.ptinews.com/news/431918_Lioness-killed-in-Gir-forests

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