Rajkot: A lion was found dead on roadside between Shivtali and Lalpur villages on Dhari-Junagadh state highway. It is being assumed that the male lion, which was about five years old, was run over by a vehicle on Sunday while it was crossing the road close to Gir forest.
Anshuman Sharma, deputy conservator of forest (Gir east division) said at Dhari that primary investigations point towards an accidental death. “Prima facie it seems that the wild cat was hit by a vehicle as blood stains were found on the road,” he said.
This is the first case where a lion has died after being hit by a vehicle. Sources said that during the monsoon, lions come out of the jungle and prefer to stay in open areas. Earlier, in November 2012, a six-month-old female cub was run over by a goods train near Uchaiya village of Rajula taluka. Prior to that, a lion had died in December 2009 while trying to cross a bridge over Hiran River that flows through Gir sanctuary.
Leopard killed in Amreli taluka Rajkot: A male leopard was found dead near Khisari village in Dhari taluka of Amreli district on Monday. Sources said that the leopard was hit by a speeding vehicle. Forest officials have sent the leopard’s carcass for postmortem to ascertain the exact cause of death. TNN