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32 Asiatic lions died ‘unnatural deaths’ in Gujarat in last two years, reveals Forest Minister
Updated: Mar 06, 2018 | 15:56 IST | Mirror Now Digital
32 lions died ‘unnatural deaths’ in Gujarat's Gir Forest | Photo Credit: TOI Archives
In an admission to the Legislative Assembly, the Gujarat government on
Monday stated that 184 Asiatic lions living in and around the Gir
Wildlife Sanctuary in the state died in the last two years.
was more astonishing was that out of the 184 lions that died, a total
of 32 were declared dead due to "unnatural causes" in 2016 and 2017,
reported The Mumbai Mirror.
According to records maintained by forest department
officials, while 12 lions, including cubs, died of unnatural causes in
2016, the number was 20 for the year 2017.
In a statement addressed to the state assembly,
Forest Minister Ganpat Vasava mentioned that 104 of the leonine
creatures died under their watch in 2016 and 80 in 2017.
Shining a light on some reasons that account for
"unnatural causes", Vasava said that animals often fall and drown into
wells that are not equipped with parapet walls.
The minister also claimed that fencing along railway
tracks and speed breakers on roads passing from the sanctuary area are
among some of the measures that are being undertaken by the state
government to curb such deaths.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi
earlier this month inaugurated a seminar on the theme of ‘Big Cats:
Predators Under Threat’ with Chief Minister Vijay Rupani among others in
attendance. The state has sanctioned a total of Rs 40 crore for the
preservation of Asiatic lions under the banner of “Project Lion”, said
Also at the seminar, Forest Minister Ganpat Vasava
had claimed that the population of Asiatic Lions living in and around
the Gir Sanctuary has increased to 46% in the last decade.
The Vijay Rupani-led Bhartiya Janata Party
government now face the daunting question of whether it is better to be a
live dog than a dead lion in the state of Gujarat. http://www.timesnownews.com/mirror-now/in-focus/article/asiatic-lions-unnatural-deaths-gujarat-forest-minister-narendra-modi-gir-wildlife-sanctuary/205130