18 04 07
The Hindu - Manas Dasgupta
GANDHINAGAR: Following the poaching of Asiatic lions in their only abode, the Gir sanctuary in the Saurashtra region of
The State committee comes close on the heels of the Centre appointing one. The three-member Central committee arrived in
The State committee to be headed by the Principal Secretary in the Environment and
A State Government spokesman said the committee was also expected to suggest additional sites in the State for the protection and growth of the lions and help overcome the managerial constraints in the protected areas.
The officials are concerned that the poaching of at least eight lions in the last one month is certain to revive the demand for shifting a part of the lion pride to the Kunho forests in Madhya Pradesh. But the State Government is opposed to any such move and is unwilling to share "
Some senior Forest Department officials have identified two areas within the State, Barda in Amreli district and Higolgadh near
The 2005 census found that of the 359 big cats in Gir, nearly 100 were outside the protected zone and have already strayed up to Barda and Hingolgadh forests. It was now only a question of declaring these areas as protected zones and develop them into "Safari Parks", a Forest Department official said.