Thursday, July 31, 2014
Lion cub run over by vehicle near Gir National Park.
RAJKOT: A nine-month-old female lion cub has died after being run over by a vehicle near Gir National Park in Junagadh district.
Sources said that cub was run over on Wednesday night around 9pm but the forest department ensured that the news is kept under tight wraps. The incident occurred near Sangodra village, some seven km from Talala. Forest officials are more worried as the accident has occurred in the heart of lions' abode just near the national park. This is the first such lion death near the Gir National Park, the last abode of Asiatic lions.
Earlier, six lions have died in road and rail accidents in just last six months in Amreli district alone.When asked about the incident, range forest officer, B K Parmar, told TOI that they are analyzing the registration numbers of all vehicles that have passed through this route on Wednesday night. It is mandatory for all vehicles to register their details at an entry point at Vaniya naka near Devaliya.
"In the past, we were successful in tracing a vehicle that had run over a spotted dear on the basis of vehicle number," said Parmar.
A senior forest officer told TOI "We have repeatedly written to the roads and building department to construct speed breakers at every 50 meters on certain stretches of the roads in the forest areas where movement of lions is frequent near Gir National Park. But they have not heeded to our requests."
January 22: Two lionesses, one of them pregnant with three cubs, crushed by goods train near Pipavav port
February 22: A lion run over by goods train near Bhammar village in Savarkundla
April 1: Two lions run over by vehicle on Bhavnagar-Somnath highway
May 11: Seven-month-old lion cub run over by goods train near Bherai in Rajula
(Lion deaths in road, rail accidents in 2014)