Already, there is a move to develop Barda Dungar in
Officials said that the state government had apprehensions that the Central team, on visit to look into in the poaching incidents, might submit an adverse report and might suggest that Gir was too small an area for the 359 lions. Hence, the government quickly identified another site in Jesar near Shetrunji hills in
Jesar was a natural corridor for the lions moving from the Gir sanctuary. The lions move along the natural corridor which extends right upto Jesar. The site proposed as an extension has ample water sources, with the Shetrunji river flowing through it and a dam in the vicinity. The government now has to take measures to increase the prey base in the area.
Officials said that if the issue of shifting lions out of
However, according to officials another big challenge the government might face here is that large parts of the alternative site area in private hands. According to official figures, currently there are 14 lions in the area. Villagers, on the other hand, say they have sighted four or five prides comprising at least 25 lions.