81 lions dead in last 2 yrs
Fifty two lions died a natural death, 1 because of an accident and 6 due to electrocution while 13 fell in a well and 9 lions died because of poaching in Gir protected area and surrounding habitats of
Out of th 6 lions electrocuted, five of them died in Permpara village, outside the Gir Protected Areas in October 2007.
Investigation shows that a farmer had laid electrified wire fencing his agriculture land to prevent crop damage from wild herbivores, Minister of State for Environment and Forests S Regupathy said.
Answering a separate question on declining population of endangered animals including lions, tigers and elephants, Regupathy said fluctuation in the wildlife population is a natural phenomenon.
As per the information available there are no reports to indicate a continuous sharp decline in the population of endangered species, he said.
The minister said, "census of gharials are conducted on a regular basis and is not done for the first time."