7-4-07 The Times of
7 Mar, 2007 GANDHINAGAR: The man-lion conflict in and around the Gir forest in
What has aroused the suspicion of the forest authorities is vehicle tyre marks leading right up to the well, which may suggest that some miscreants actually chased the two lion cubs into the well.
The news comes on the heels of the killing of three Asiatic lionesses by poachers in the Babaria range of the Gir sanctuary on Saturday.
This is not the first time that lions have died because of a fall into wells which are found all over the Gir forests, virtually becoming death traps for the Asiatic lions in their only home in the world. The minister said that 37 incidents of lions falling in open wells have been reported and of these 18 lions have been saved.
In the latest incident, bodies of two cubs were found in the 60-feet deep open well which had 15 feet of water. Like it is with so many other wells in the Gir forest, this well had an almost non-existent parapet wall which was less than one foot high.