Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Equipped to shift Gir lions: MP govt to SC

Equipped to shift Gir lions: MP govt to SC
Indian Express

Madhya Pradesh on Monday told the Supreme Court that it has "all the necessary infrastructure, expertise and environment for translocating lions" from Gujarat's Gir to its Kuno Palpur sanctuary.

A Forest Bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and C K Prasad is hearing a petition on whether the Asiatic lions of Gir should be shifted to Kuno to avoid extinction of the endangered species in case of a calamity or disease.

Madhya Pradesh rejected the argument that it would not be a safe place for the lions as it has failed to preserve its tiger population in its Panna reserve.

It also rejected Gujarat's contention that shifting the lions was a bad idea because they do not co-exist with cheetahs and tigers.

At the last hearing Gujarat had opposed efforts by the Centre to translocate Asiatic lions from Gir sanctuary to Kuno.

Its counsel Shyam Divan had said that the state had sufficient infrastructure and will to conserve lions' population and it was not advisable to translocate them.

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