Lions also fall prey to water poisoned by farmers to kill animals destroying crops
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While this is not a new occurrence, these continuing incidents are putting wildlife enthusiasts on edge.
"The poisoned water is not meant for the lions, but owing to the hot weather, they often have it. Despite repeated warnings, farmers continue with electrified fences to ward off animals like nilgai and porcupine. This kind of inadvertent poisoning coupled with sinister poaching, and lions falling in open wells, clearly sounds the death knell for the Asiatic lion," says Kishore Kotecha of Wildlife Conservation Trust of India.
"Gir is an ecosystem gone completely haywire. Man has impounded wildlife's habitat, and is killing their prey to protect their crops.
Water is extremely scarce and everybody's fighting for it… The chaos has brimmed over now," Kotecha added.