29 lion died last year
Times of India
One lion died of electrocution in Junagadh district in the last one year, while 29, including 13 cubs, died from natural reasons. In a written reply to the question of Talala Congress MLA Bhavan Barad, the government has said that in the year 2011, 16 adults lions and 13 cubs have died. Officials in the department said that there are about 290 odd lions in Sasan Gir sanctuary and its periphery.
A death of about 15 per cent of the animal in a year was not considered to be on the higher side. tnn As per estimates of the lion census conducted in April 2010, there were 97 lions, 162 lionesses and 152 cubs in and around Gir forest region of the state. The 2005 census had recorded presence of 359 lions here.
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