Sunday, December 23, 2012

From Gir to Gadhada, lions inch closer to Ahmedabad

From Gir to Gadhada, lions inch closer to Ahmedabad
Times of India By Vijaysinh Parmar

The Asiatic lions have come closer to Ahmedabad!

On Thursday night, forest officials got information that three lions were spotted in Patna village in Gadhada taluka of Bhavnagar district. There were two lions which killed a domestic cattle in the village.

Gadhada is 190 km away from Ahmedabad. Officials said it the first time that lions were spotted in Gadhada taluka.

"As soon as we received the information, we rushed to the spot. Lions killed the cattle in Mulubhai Khachar's farm in Patna village. Now, we are trying to trace the lions and their movement in the area,'' forester in Gadhada forest range Baghubhai Kachar said.

Forest officials said lions may have come from Krakachh area of Amreli district towards Gadhada. According to forest officials, there are around 30 lions in Krakachh area from where they may have moved on towards Gadhada via Derdi village.

According to lion census conducted in 2010, there were 33 lions in Bhavnagar district, mostly in Mahuva, Palitana, Gariyadhar and Talaja. In Amreli, there were about 108 lions in 2010.

Sources said length of lions kingdom is spreading rapidly due to its increasing population. They are moving out of forest corridors and preying on domestic cattle in villages which had never seen lions before.

"It is likely that young lions may have gone towards Gadhada in search of new territory. About 18 months ago, lions were spotted near Vallabhipur-Umarala region as well,'' the forest officials added.

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