Is Domestic Buffaloes and Cows favorite food of king of the Jungle?
Divya Bhaskar (Briefly translated from Gujarati)
King of the jungle venturing out in peripheral villages is very common these days. This has made nature lovers to think that king of the jungle is gaining new territories on its own.
Chandresh Thakar, Gir fan, from Prakruti Parivar - Una believes that lions should not be allowed to stay long in village areas. As hunting domestic cows & buffaloes is easier then to chase deer inside the forest, lions prefer to go for easy hunt. Hunting deer is hard-work and needs planning in group and hence difficult for lions. Thus getting easy kill of buffaloes & cows is like lottery to lions and so they venture more into villages.
Again nomad male lions, due to age can not hunt deer. So domestic cattle is blessings for such animals. (There are no old – age homes in jungle!)
Lions going out would increase man – animal conflict and hence it is bad for both man & animal. So Chandresh believes that experts and forest department together should find out ways to keep the king in his territory.