Last weekend was not good for Asiatic Lions. On Sunday people all over
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Poachers kill three Gir Lions
Source: Time of
The skinned carcasses of two adult lionesses and a sub-adult lioness were found by forest officials in the sanctuary on Saturday evening. Portions of skin along with parts of intestines were found scattered in the area.
The last time poachers had struck was in August 2005 when two Gir lions were killed and their claws were ripped out. Two people had been arrested in this connection, according Conservator of
Following the fresh case of poaching, Chief Wildlife Warden of
Pathak said the forest authorities have sought assistance from forensic and police personnel to locate the poachers. He said the viscera of the big cats were sent to Junagadh Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL). According to Pathak, a particular gang might be operating in the business of body parts of wild animals.
Government silent of shifting (Asiatic Lion) base
Source: Time of
Gandhinagar: The Asiatic Lion, frequently found straying from its habitat, may get a bigger home by expanding the Gir sanctuary, the state Govt. told the assembly on Monday. However, it remained silent on the question of shifting the lions outside
Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel admitted in the assembly that lions were found straying outside the Gir sanctuary right up to
Replying to another question, Patel said the recent census had pegged the total lions at 359, which was 32 more compared to 2001 census. The 2005 census had revealed that lions had moved out of the sanctuary because of increase in population. Experts feel that the Gir sanctuary was adequate to accommodate up to 290 lions, which means that the population had overshot by 70 lions compared to the size of the habitat.
Patel, however, maintained that the Government was giving the beasts adequate security and was exploring various proposals to extend the protected sanctuary area to parts of
To another question by BJP MLA Mansukh MAndavia, patel said the straying big cats had killed 146 animals in the last two years in
Opposition lull during the Question Hour
Source: Ahmedabad News Line. (Express News Service Net Edition) Dated 5th March 2007 http://cities.expressindia.com/fullstory.php?newsid=225144
* Lion Retail line: A discussion in the House over increasing lion population in Gir wildlife sanctuary had an excited member from the treasury benches ask the Forest Minister whether the government planned any supply of Asiatic Lions to his constituency in the Dangs. Another minister wanted to know if with the increased population, a Lion safari could be started in Panchmahals!
* Our representatives, removed from reality? On a day when reports came of recovery of three lion carcasses poached in high security Gir Wildlife Sanctuary, BJP MLAs were congratulating Forest Minister Mangubhai Patel in the House for successfully increasing the lion population from 327 in 2001 to 359 in 2005.
Gir forest fails to guard its lionesses
Source: DNA Net Edition Date: March 05, 2007 http://dnaindia.com/report.asp?NewsID=1083174
AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT: The human-animal conflict reared its gory head again on Saturday afternoon when forest officials found carcasses of three lionesses in Babariya village near Gir Sanctuary — minus their claws and teeth!
In what is turning out to be a well-planned poaching case, initial investigations have revealed that the lionesses were systematically trapped through a leg trap with ropes along three pits. The carcasses were found near the Jamwada-Una highway. Two of these were adult and one sub-adult. Parts of their body like tail, legs etc have also been found scattered at different locations.
“The area is inhabited by approximately 20-25 lions and this kind of poaching is taken as a serious threat to the wildlife of the sanctuary,” said Bharat Pathak, Conservative of Forest,
Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Pradeep Khanna, said that his department was under “tremendous pressure from various sources because of the incident”.
“An offence has been registered and we are thoroughly investigating the matter,” he said. Sources inform that claws and teeth of a lion fetch around Rs 500 per nail totaling up to Rs 10,000 per animal, including the teeth.
Incidents of lions getting electrocuted due to barbed fences and villagers throwing poison on lions wandering into farms is common, but this kind of systematic poaching is a first.
“Lions’ skin does not fetch a high price, but its claws are revered by many tribes as a sign of manhood. None of the known gangs are believed to be operating in the region,” said Sanat Chawan, a Baroda-based wildlife activist.
“It is an example of man-animal conflict. The Gir forest area is spread over 5,000 sq km, surrounded by 100 villages. Lions venture out into farms, damaging crops and cattle,” Chavan added.