Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Lion electrocuted at farm, farmer arrested

TNN | Dec 16, 2015, 07.11 AM IST
RAJKOT/AHMEDABAD: A four-year-old Asiatic lion died after being electrocuted in a farm in Nitali village near Tulsishyam in Amreli district.

The carcass was found near the adjoining Nana Kothariya village and the post-mortem confirmed that it died due to electrocution two days ago.
The forest department has arrested the farmer, Ravji Patel, who had put up electric fencing to protect his crops from wild boars and blue bulls (nil gai). "Patel has confessed that he put up the fencing," said R Nala, deputy conservator of forests, Gir-West division.

This is the second incident of lion death by electrocution. On September 12, a seven-year-old lioness was electrocuted near Amarapur village in Maliya-Hatina taluka of Junagadh district.

In all, at least eight lions have died unnatural deaths, either mostly by falling into open wells, in Amreli, Junagadh and Gir-Somnath districts, since January 10.

There are 523 lions in Saurashtra spread over Bhavnagar, Junagadh, Amreli and Gir-Somnath districts.

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