Friday, April 15, 2016

Lion kills woman sleeping in farm inside Gir forest

Lion kills woman sleeping in farm inside Gir forest
The Hindu
A 50-year-old woman was mauled to death by a lioness in the Gir forests, the second such incident within a month in Gujarat.

The woman was asleep in the family's farm when a lioness dragged and killed her outside the farm at Bharad village inside the Gir forest in Amreli district.

On March 19, a lion mauled to death a 62-year-old man in the forest.

'Cub caged'

"The woman was dragged 400 metres and her mutilated body was found outside the farm. We have caged one of the three cubs to nab the animal," said a forest official from Dhari range.

"The incident happened at midnight when the victim and others working at a mango orchard were sleeping in the farm located in the forest area, where movement of big cats is quite frequent at night," the official added.

"Many farms in the forest are also a source of water for lions and other animals and animals move around a lot for water in summer. So, we have alerted the farm owners to ensure that people should not sleep in the open at night," the forest official said.

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