Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Asiatic Lioness Electrocuted near Gujarat’s Gir Forest

Asiatic Lioness Electrocuted near Gujarat's Gir Forest
India West

An Asiatic lioness was allegedly electrocuted by a farmer in his sugarcane field in Mathasuriya village along the Gir forest in Gujarat, department officials said Wednesday.

"Postmortem of the lioness confirmed that she died of electrocution," said District Conservator of Forest (Junagadh) Aradhana Sahu, adding no external injuries were found on the big cat whose carcass was found Tuesday.

Officials suspect the farmer, Bhimbhai Bhagavan Zankant, was behind the incident and they are conducting an inquiry against him under the Wild Life Act. "He will be detained after inquiry," they said.

The Asiatic lion, also known as the Indian lion, is a sub-species that exists as a single isolated population in Gujarat. It is listed as endangered.

According to K. Ramesh, the deputy conservator of forests (West Division), Gir Forest, this is second such incident from Giri Somnath district in the past one month. A lion was reportedly killed in similar fashion by a farmer at Moti Monpuri village in Junagadh district.


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