Gujarat Global News Network,
In a desperate attempt to save Asiatic lions from the clutches of poachers the forest department has launched a massive programme in the Gir forest area. The two pronged strategy involves villagers for the protection of the lions.
Divisional Forest Officer, Bhavnagar, K S Randhawa said that on one hand the department has stepped up patrolling and on the other hand it has taken up a programme to make villagers aware about the seriousness of the problem. He said that the problem was more in the areas adjoining the sanctuary.
The forest department has pooled all its manpower resources for the patrolling and awareness programme. Teams of officials of
The headcount of the lions is going on. The idea of the headcount is to map the location of lions so that effective security and protection measures can be taken up. Generally the census through elaborate counting system is done once in five years.
Killing of about ten lions in the last months and natural deaths of some other has posed a serious threat to the existence of the endangered species. Police have arrested number of persons in the last one week in connection with the poaching of lions.
Two days ago, the department had found remains of lion from three pits in a village in the Palitana taluka of the
Dr A K Varshaney , Conservator of Forest,