Monday, December 24, 2012
Task force to monitor lions’ movement.
Rajkot: Senior forest officials from Junagadh Wildlife Division have reached Gadhada after reports of lions being spotted in Patna and other villages near Gadhada taluka in Bhavnagar district on Thursday night.
Some domestic animals were reportedly killed by Asiatic lions recently in a village in Patna and they have been spotted in Gadhada, which is about 190 km from Ahmedabad, for the first time.
"We are monitoring the movement of the lions. We are also ensuring they are not disturbed by human activities," said range forest officer, D C Zinjuwadia, Gadhada forest division. Forest officials said four lions were in the area and heading towards Gariyadhar and Palitana. "Lions may have come to Gadhada from Krakachh area of Amreli district via Derdi village. There were initially 30 lions in Krakachh," an official said.