Thursday, April 30, 2015
On an average lion leopard kill 12 cattles in a day.
AHMEDABAD: On an average around 12 cattles including buffalos and cows have been killed daily by the Asiatic Lion and Leopard in Junagadh, Gir Somnath and Amreli district. In the last two years, the bigs cats have killed 8,161 cattles of which around 68 per cent of the kill was by the Asiatic Lions, who have ventured out of the Gir Forest and have made the nearby areas as their permanent homes.
The state government in reply to the question of Visavadar MLA Harshad Ribadiya has in the two years from February 1, 2013 to January 31, 2014 there were 2862 killings of cattle by Lion, while the same by leopard was 1694.
Similarly from February 1, 2014 to January 31, 2015 there were 2688 killings of cattle by Lion, while the same by leopard was 917. The state government further said the attacks on cattle by Lions was more in Amreli and Gir Somnath area. According to the figures given in the assembly, of the 5550 killings by Lions in two years, 2318 around 41 per cent killing were in Amreli, while another 37 per cent were in reported from Gir Somnath. The remaining 22 per cent killing were in Junagadh.
The figures further state that the killing by leopard in Amreli district was very low as compared to Junagadh and Gir Somnath.
Forest officials refusing to be quoted said that the number of leopard in Amreli was very low which was also reflected in the killings. The officials further said that the high killings in Amreli was because the lions have moved in several villages in Amreli and Gir Somnath and have made these areas as their permanent homes.