Friday, August 11, 2017

CECIL’S SON XANDA TAKEN BY THE SAME RUTHLESS TRADE: TROPHY HUNTING

01/07/2017

CECIL'S SON XANDA TAKEN BY THE SAME RUTHLESS TRADE: TROPHY HUNTING

GOOD FOR ALL NEWS

http://news.janegoodall.org/2017/07/01/remembering-cecil-hope-world-without-trophy-hunting/

 

Animal lovers around the world fall silent once again as we see a tragic event repeat itself. Xanda, the son of the famous Zimbabwean lion Cecil, has reportedly met the same horrific fate – killed by trophy hunters. This news comes just a few weeks after we commemorated the second anniversary of Cecil the Lion's tragic death. Cecil, a research lion living in protected lands, was shot and killed by a U.S. dentist. Xanda has been living in the same region of Hwange National Park, and was six years old, the age at which lions in Tanzania become legal to poach.  Dr. Jane Goodall spoke out about the event and the heinous tradition of trophy hunting writing,

 

How can anyone with an ounce of compassion be proud of killing these magnificent creatures? Lions, leopards, sable antelopes, giraffes and all the other sport or trophy animals are beautiful – but only in life.

 

So what is trophy hunting?

Trophy hunting is the hunting of wild game for "sport" where individuals seek out "prizes" of animal body parts. Africa's "big five" (a term coined by big game hunters to describe the five most difficult animals to hunt on foot) are the most frequently targeted: lions, rhinos, elephants, leopards and buffalo. Four of these species are already on the endangered species listThis sad "sport" is even encouraged by monetary prizes from pro-hunting organizations.

 

Perhaps the most egregious form of trophy hunting is "canned hunting." The lions are raised in captivity to be docile, and upon maturity are sold into hunting facilities to be shot in fenced enclosures (more about this horrible practice was revealed in the film Blood Lions). Around 6,000 lions are currently being held in South Africa for the purpose of canned hunting.

A picture of the trophies displayed at one of the annual SCI conventions.


 

Is it legal?

Unfortunately, yes. Read more here about CITES regulations and about placing Lions under Appendix I (currently under Appendix II) to secure the most protection. If lions reach this level of protection, hunting operations would be forced to demonstrate "a certain level of sustainability by setting science-based quotas, establishing non-detriment findings, and requiring import and export permits for all trophies."

What is the argument used in favor of trophy hunting?

Those in favor of trophy hunting advocate for its use as a conservation strategy. They maintain that the excessive amount of money spent on these hunts is put back into local villages' conservation efforts and eliminates "weak animals" from the population.
However…

Trophy hunting does not aid the community or conservation
Reports indicate that trophy hunting accounts for less than 2% of South African tourism revenues. In other words, non-invasive tourism such as photography actually generates far more of a profit.  Studies in Tanzania showed that "few benefits filtered to the communities…about 3-5% of hunting revenues actually reached the villages." The IUCN gave a figure as low as US $0.30 per year to the each village inhabitant, indicating that using the land for sustainable agriculture would be much more profitable.

Blood lions

 

Trophy hunting does not better the species
In the case of the "Big Five," these animals are near extinction – eliminating any individual is threatening the viability of populations. Cecil was actually part of an Oxford study on hunting, in progress at the time of his death. The study found that of the 62 lions tagged, 24 were killed by sport hunters and 10 died of other causes.

 

Where does the United States fit into this conversation?

According to the IFAW, the U.S. is the leading importer of lion trophies. The blame for poaching is often placed on China for its booming market for animal parts, or on Africa for relaxed hunting policies. But the real problem lies in the demand from the hunters. The US averages 126,000 animal trophy imports a year, or 345 a day, according to the Humane Society International. This is where the import policies become so essential, such as airlines refusing to transport the trophies!

Below is a timeline showing both the forwards and backwards motion being taken in the name of trophy hunting:

Cecil graphic-draft

How can you make a difference?

The death of Cecil is said to have changed the way that the public interacts with conservation due to the massive support that the Oxford scientists received after the event. Now, as we reflect on the death of his son, we must rally to change this situation for the better. Tragedies like the death of Cecil, and now Xanda, outline the many conservation challenges we face together. Xanda was shot just one mile outside of the protected park, as Xanda's pride would move in and out of this area. Now, scientists are calling for a no-hunting zone 3 miles around the park to better protect these animals. It is this kind of thinking that will enable us to better protect animals outside of the traditional "park" only model, along with education, and stricter regulations. Cecil's death spurred the U.N. to adopt it's first resolution to combat illegal trafficking, and U.S. Fish & Wildlife listed lions as endangered in 2016, making it more difficult for trophies to be imported. Still, there are fewer than 30,000 lions in the wild, and we must each do something to protect them from extinction.

Here's what you can do:

– Find out the latest CITES regulations on trophy hunting in various countries.

– Use your voice and platform. No matter how far away your location or contacts may seem from the issue, every action to defend animals helps. If airlines hadn't used their platform to regulate the transport of trophies, we wouldn't have the strict import rules in place today. Consider using social media, as it is Jane's 5th Reason for Hope, and was part of the outcry that supported Oxford scientists after Cecil's death. Share this story on Twitter by clicking here.

– Write to your U.S. senators and representatives to urge them to protect endangered species by creating more strict import laws in the ESA.

Sean Herbert/AP

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Lions lose funds catfight to tigers

02/08/2017

Lions lose funds catfight to tigers

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/ahmedabad/lions-lose-funds-catfight-to-tigers/articleshow/59871100.cms


AHMEDABAD: Given that both the Asiatic lion and the Bengal tiger are in the same "endangered" category on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the Centre's stepmotherly attitude towards the Asiatic lion is difficult to understand. Both UPA and NDA governments at the Centre have shown the same disregard for conservation of Asiatic lions allocating for lions funds equivalent to only 2.6% of that spent on Bengal tigers.
 



Between 2012 and 2017, Project Tiger bagged Rs1,007 crore for conservation from the Centre, but the Asiatic lion received a paltry Rs25.80 crore to save itself.

 

Remaining fixed in its stand of not providing separate funds for lion conservation, the Union government has not only rejected Gujarat government's proposal, "A Plan for Consolidating Long Term Conservation of Asiatic Lions," but also asked the state government to prioritize projects and activities within Rs1 crore.
 



The ministry has said that Asiatic lion conservation does not fall under the category of "scheduled project" and cannot be considered at par with the tiger conservation project.
 



In reply to a question by an MP from West Bengal, Md Nadimul Haque, the Union ministry of environment, forest and climate change stated that Gujarat government had sought central funding to the tune of Rs135 crore and had proposed bearing a share of Rs 15 crore for lion conservation.

 

"However, as the requisite funds were not available under the centrally sponsored scheme - 'Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (IDWH)' the state government of Gujarat was advised to review the proposal and prioritize activities up to Rs 1 crore," stated the ministry's reply.


The Union government also stated in its reply that the Gujarat government has been told to "submit the proposal under the component of 'Recovery programme for saving critically endangered species'."

Kuno wildlife sanctuary to be notified national park

01/08/2017

Kuno wildlife sanctuary to be notified national park

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/bhopal/kuno-sanctuary-to-be-notified-national-park/articleshow/59853719.cms

BHOPAL: The Madhya Pradesh forest department is likely to notify Kuno wildlife sanctuary as a national park — the last condition imposed by a Supreme Court-appointed committee for translocation of Asiatic lions from Gir.

In January this year, Gujarat's forest department had placed its objections before this 12-member committee and demanded that 36 studies be completed before lions can be transferred to MP.

 

"Converting this wildlife sanctuary into a national park was the last condition we were asked to comply with. So this is being done. I don't think there is anything else left," said a senior official in the forest department.

 

Issues like prey base, habitat, vegetation and weather are said to be conductive for shifting of lions to Kuno. The MP forest department had promised to complete all formal processes of declaring Kuno as a 'national park' by the end of February, but failed to do so following varied administrative problems. "The notification declaring Kuno as a national park is likely to be issued in a few days" said the officer, adding there won't be any further delay. The expert committee had visited Kuno last December.

 

After spending nearly five hours at the sanctuary, the panel members found the atmosphere in Kuno-Palpur conducive to the shifting of lions." Gujarat, too, could not question much on MP's preparedness to host the lions

 

Gujarat government had moved a curative petition in Supreme Court as its last legal resort to retain its Asiatic lions. This was also dismissed. But then in another blow to MP's hopes, two Gujarat-based NGOs filed separate petitions challenging translocation of lions to Kuno.

 

When shortage of prey base was cited as one of the major objections, the state declared 700 sq km as a protected area to resolve the issue. Sources said the prey base, which was presented before the court in 2013, was nearly 350 sq. km, which is the core sanctuary area. While MP won the eight-year-long legal battle with Gujarat in 2013, the latter had been dilly-dallying compliance.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Leopard injures three of a family

23/07/2017

Leopard injures three of a family

Outlook

https://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/leopard-injures-three-of-a-family/1105957

ahmedabad, Jul 23 Three members of a family were injured after a leopard attacked them at Chakrava village in Khamba taluka of Amreli district in DHARI forest division late last night, a forest department official said.

Dinesh ChauhanManga Chauhan and Ajay Chauhan, three brothers, were sleeping in their thatched house in the village when a leopard entered and attacked them, leaving them injured, deputy conservator of forests (Gir East division), T Karuppasami said.

"The leopard entered the house at around 2 am when the three brothers were sleeping and attacked them, leaving them injured," Kuruppasami said.

As they raised alarm, villagers woke up and ran after the leopard, which escaped taking advantage of the darkness, he said.

The villagers contacted forest department officials of who rushed to the spot to take stock of the situation, the DCF said, adding that traps have been laid in the area and effort is on to nab the leopard.

"Meanwhile, the injured were taken to Dhari primary health centre, and from there to Amreli hospital," he said.

The village is located near Gir Wildlife Sanctuary which is also home to lions

Gir: The charm and the challenge

22/07/2017

Gir: The charm and the challenge

United News Of  India

http://www.uniindia.com/gir-the-charm-and-the-challenge/cover-story/fullstory/937733.html

Ahmedabad: Even as the abode of Asiatic lions is still three years away from the next census, the carnivores' roar is getting louder. Many newer areas in its vicinity known as Greater Gir, which includes parts of Bhavnagar District – have witnessed increased presence.

As per the 2015 Census, Gir had 109 lions and 201 lionesses besides 213 cubs and sub-adults compared to a total 411 in 2010. In the words of the Chief Conservator of Forests (Jun gadh Wildlife Circle), the number was below 200 in the late sixties!


Though there are reports every year of lion deaths owing to varous reasons, it's heartening that the pecentage declined to 0.7 % from the earlier 4 to 5%. Wells have been a major reason for such fatalities but parapets were constructed around 19,000 such structures.


However, the enhancement in lion population has posed challenges the biggest being a spree of attacks on humans. The animals killed at least five persons and injured a large number in Amreli and Gir Somnath districts within a period of three months last year. In Amreli, the Forest Department had to trap more than a dozen beasts following three incidents in which they also consumed parts of victims' bodies.


Though the occurrences were puzzling, the official denied speculation that these resulted from dearth of natural food in the jungle.


Another problem is to protect lions from nature's fury and other dangers. In 2015, the maximum 120 deaths were reported and at least 10 perished owing to extremely heavy rain. Though numerous cubs die every year, which is not uncommon, some are also claimed by road and train mishaps.


Gir is also home to over 300 leopards, the sambar and the chowsingha. It boasts 40-plus species of reptiles and amphibians. 'Sinh Darshan' is conducted in open jeeps throughout the year barring the monsoon months.


Gir: The charm and the challenge

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Caught On Camera: Lion Cub In Gir Rescued From 80-Feet Well

11/07/2017

Caught On Camera: Lion Cub In Gir Rescued From 80-Feet Well

NDTV

http://www.ndtv.com/offbeat/caught-on-camera-lion-cub-in-gir-rescued-from-80-feet-well-1723433

A lion cub that fell into an 80-feet-deep well in Gujarat's Gir region was rescued after a six-hour-operation on Saturday. The incident took place when a two-year-old female lion cub fell into a well near Amrapur village in the Gir Somnath district late on Friday night. She was found on Saturday morning by villagers who immediately informed the wildlife department officials. A rescue team that was rushed to the village managed to pull the cub out without any major injuries.

 

According to the wildlife department officials, the cub probably wandered away from her pride and fell into the deep well on Friday night.


A video shared by ANI on Twitter also shows how a forest official was lowered into the well to help fasten a rope around the cub to pull her out.

The cub has now been shifted to a forest department centre and will be released back into the wild once she's deemed fit and healthy.



The lion cub was rescued on Saturday morning.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Lioness pulled out of well in Gir Somnath after brave officials carry out amazing rescue act; watch video

10/07/2017

Lioness pulled out of well in Gir Somnath after brave officials carry out amazing rescue act; watch video

FINANCIAL EXPRESS

http://www.financialexpress.com/india-news/lioness-pulled-out-of-well-in-gir-somnath-after-brave-officials-carry-out-amazing-rescue-act/756278/

Some very brave forest department officials have rescued a lioness from a well at Gir Somnath district.

 

It surely went beyond the call of duty! Some very brave forest department officials have rescued a lioness from a well at Gir Somnath district. The Gir forest of Gujarat is famous for its population of lions that attract a huge number of tourists to see them closely. However, the day brought a nightmare for one of the lionesses of the forest as it fell into a deep well, as per an ABP News report. According to the report, the lioness may have come to the town during the night and fell into the well, which was over 80-feet deep and had water at a level of up to 20-feet. In the morning, the villagers heard the sound of the animal and looked around. To their shock, they found the lioness inside the well and called the forest department. The officials reached the spot and started rescue efforts. During the rescue operation that lasted for more than two hours, they brought a cage to confine the lioness. After the cage was ready, a forest department worker went inside the well in a cage meant for this purpose and tried to tie a rope around the lioness' neck. To everyone's surprise, not least his own, the official succeeded! It helped the others to pull the animal to safety, the report added.

 

The incident was reported days after a one-of-its-kind incident in which a resident of Lunasapur village in Amreli district of Gujarat delivered a baby in the vicinity of the Gir forest of Gujarat in an ambulance after midnight. Manguben Makwana reportedly gave birth to a baby boy with the vehicle surrounded by a group of 12 lions who reportedly emerged from the adjacent forest near the remote village. During the incident, which lasted for around 20 minutes, the staff of the '108' ambulance tackled the situation with courage and helped Makwana in giving birth, while the group of lions blocked the passage of the vehicle.

 

 

 

Forest officials rescue lioness from well in Gujarat

10/07/2017

Forest officials rescue lioness from well in Gujarat

THE HINDU

http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/forest-officials-rescue-lioness-from-well-in-gujarat/article19249389.ece

Gir Somnath (Gujarat) A two-year-old lioness has been rescued by forest department officials from a well in Gujarat's Amrapur village in Gir Somnath district. Reportedly, the lioness may have come to the town during night and fell into the well which was filled with water and over 80-feet deep.

In the morning the villagers heard the sound of the animal and informed the forest department. The officials reached the spot and rescued the lioness. The rescue operation lasted for more than two hours.

 

Wild Gir Lioness falls in village well, rescued

9/07/2017

Wild Gir Lioness falls in village well, rescued

Indileak

http://www.indileak.com/wild-gir-lioness-falls-in-village-well-rescued/

Rajkot: Having heard a SOS in the form of growl, the locals reacted and to their surprise located a young lioness helplessly looking upwards for rescue.

Yes, a young lioness after having strayed from the Gir forest on a village periphery in search of food, accidentally fell in a farm well of Amrapur village in Sutrapada Taluka in Gir Somnath district, early on Wednesday.

A senior forest official said that the lioness after having strayed from the confines of the reserve forest, somehow fell into the well that was at least 50-feet deep.

"It was only in the morning when the helpless lioness was spotted by the villagers after hearing some kind of moans from the feline," said the forest official.

He said that the villagers without wasting time, informed the local forest department who without promptly rushed to the village to rescue the lioness from the well.

"Only after over a two-hour-long operation, the lioness was rescued from the well," said the official.

It was immediatly shifted to the Sasan-Gir Animal Care Centre for treatment for injuries if any it may have suffered after the accidental fall.

After keeping the animal under strict observation at the animal care centre for the next couple of days, a decision would be taken regarding its release in the wild, said the forest official.

 

Lioness rescued from well in Gir-Somnath village near Rajkot

8/07/2017

Lioness rescued from well in Gir-Somnath village near Rajkot

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/lioness-rescued-from-well-in-gir-somnath-village-near-rajkot/articleshow/59504945.cms

 

RAJKOT: A two-year-old lioness was rescued from a farm well at Amrapur village of Sutrapada Taluka in Gir Somnath district on Wednesday morning.

 

According to forest officials, the lioness might have fallen into the well, which is over 50-feet deep, at night. In the morning, villagers heard some sound and found the lioness inside the well and informed the forest department.

 

What followed was a two-hour-long operation to rescue the lioness that had gone in a state of shock. After the rescue, the lioness was sent to the Sasan-Gir Animal Care Centre for treatment for any injuries that it might have suffered due to the fall.

 

 

Forest officials said that the lioness will be kept under observation at the animal care centre for a couple of days, before it is released into the wild.






Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Gujarat: Woman gives birth surrounded by lions

1/07/2017

Gujarat: Woman gives birth surrounded by lions

OutLook India

http://www.outlookindia.com/newsscroll/gujarat-woman-gives-birth-surrounded-by-lions/1089465

Junagadh (Gujarat) [India], July 02 : In a bizarre incident, a pregnant woman gave birth to a child surrounded by dozens of lions in Gir forest area in an ambulance after midnight

 

The pride surrounded the ambulance carrying a pregnant woman for delivery near Lunsapur village in Jafrabad taluka of Amreli, forcing the woman to deliver the baby in the vehicle itself.

About three kilometers from the village, paramedics encountered a pride of lions on the road.

By that time the woman, who was pregnant with her fourth child, went into labour and was in great pain. Since the ambulance was surrounded by the lions, it was decided that the baby will have to be delivered in the vehicle itself.

"The staff stopped the ambulance and waited for lions to leave. But that did not happen," Amreli district head of the 108 emergency ambulance service Chetan Gadhia said.

"The staff contacted our physician over phone and gave details of delivery. The delivery took about 25 minutes, and the entire time the lions were moving around the ambulance," Gadhia added.

After waiting for some time, the driver decided to move away from that place and started driving slowly. The lions evacuated the road and soon the road was clear.

This is not the first instance where the paramedics of the 108 emergency ambulance service had encountered lions while on call.

The staff has been trained to deal with such situations as lions are frequently sighted in villages of Amreli.

 

Monday, July 03, 2017

Guj govt to HC:Got final nod for Ambardi Lion Safari on Jun-2019

28/06/2017

Guj govt to HC:Got final nod for Ambardi Lion Safari on Jun-2019

DNA

http://www.dnaindia.com/india/report-guj-govt-to-hcgot-final-nod-for-ambardi-lion-safari-on-jun-19-2486736

The Gujarat government today informed the high court that the Centre had on June 19 granted it final permission to start Ambardi lion safari on the eastern side of the Gir National Park.

The state was responding to a PIL challenging the government's earlier announcement that the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) had on June 5 given it a final nod to start the lion safari at Ambardi park.

The government's counsel today told the division bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice V M Pancholi that it has received final permission to start the lion safari at Ambardi from the ministry concerned and produced the official document regarding the same dated June 19.

The court was hearing the PIL which had contended that only the technical committee of Central Zoo Authority has finalised a report on the state government's proposal to start the lion safari, and this cannot be construed as a final nod as the committee is not empowered for the same.

The PIL was filed by Biren Pandya, who had challenged the earlier announcement of government which had said that it had received permission on June 5.

The PIL had challenged the state government's lion safari proposal on around 400 hectare of fenced areas for tourists.

It has sought court's direction to the government to set aside the plan to convert the forest area into lion safari claiming it will damage the eco-sensitive zone.

However, today government counsel told the court that a newly-appointed technical committee of the MoEF had given a go-ahead to the project and a final order regarding this was passed on June 19 by MoEF.

The matter will be next heard on July 6.

The court had during earlier hearing asked state government and Centre to clarify their stand on the matter.

The new proposed lion safari aims to take tourist load off the existing Gir National Park.

As per the latest census carried out by the state forest department in 2015, Gujarat is home to 523 lions in Gir forest and other areas in Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Men who ‘chased’ lion sent to forest dept custody

23/06/2017

Men who 'chased' lion sent to forest dept custody

The Indian EXPRESS

http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/city-others/men-who-chased-lion-sent-to-forest-dept-custody-4717856/

 

Gir forest and other protected areas spread acrosss Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts are the only natural habitat of Asiatic lions in the world. The 2015 lion census had put their population to 523.

 

THE FIVE men who were formally arrested on Wednesday evening for allegedly chasing a lion in a car in Visavadar forest range of Gir (west) division were remanded in the custody of forest department for a day by a local court in Junagadh district on Thursday.

 

The forest officers had sought the custody of Uttpal Pandya (33), Parthiv Trivedi (38), Devang Andharia (46), Brijesh Joshi (31), all Bhavnagar residents, and Leela Ranaviya (20), a farmer of nearby Badak village, for further interrogation. "We suspect involvement of a few others as well," Pradeep Singh, Deputy Conservator of Forests of Gir (west) said.

 

The five were detained on Wednesday afternoon and formally arrested in the evening. "The Bhavnagar men had met Ranaviya after they had come to Kankai in Visavadar taluka around two months ago. Seeing their interest in lions, Ranaviya had promised them to show them the big cats if he spotted the animals. On June 17, a bullock died in Ranaviya's village and he spotted some lions eating the carcass late in the night. He informed the quartet but by the time, they arrived, the lions had left the spot. Eventually, Ranaviya suggested them to go towards Kankai Kunj near the border of Gir National Park and Sanctuary. When they went there, they found two male lions walking on a road amidst hedges and started chasing the animal," Raju Vansh, range forest officer said.

 

The forest officers added that they chased the sub-adult lion for about 500 metres before the carnivore disappeared amidst bushes. "They were driving at a speed of around 40 km per hour," the RFO said.

 

On Thursday, the forest officers took the accused to Badak village for reconstruction of the entire incident. Gir forest and other protected areas spread acrosss Junagadh, Gir Somnath, Amreli and Bhavnagar districts are the only natural habitat of Asiatic lions in the world. The 2015 lion census had put their population to 523. Hunting a lion can attract seven years imprisonment under The Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.

 

GUJARAT: THE LION WHICH WAS KNOCKED DOWN BY HORSE, GETS CAGED

22/06/2017

GUJARAT: THE LION WHICH WAS KNOCKED DOWN BY HORSE, GETS CAGED

MumbaiMirror

http://mumbaimirror.indiatimes.com/news/india/gujarat-the-lion-which-was-knocked-down-by-horse-gets-caged/articleshow/59272724.cms

 

Rajkot/Ahmedabad: The Asiatic lion was caged near Mityala Sanctuary, where he had sneaked into a villager's compound and preyed on a calf in Bhad village near Khambha on Tuesday night.

According to sources, the lion, which is believed to be around 8-9 years old, was ill and very weak. While feasting on the calf, the lion had gone close to a mare that had pounded it with a couple of brutal kicks, which again left the wild cat injured.

"The lion entered by jumping the compound wall that was nearly eight feet high. There were five cows and three calves tied in the compound and the lion killed all the calves," said Bhabhlu Bharwad, the house owner.

 

"However, while eating the prey, the lion walked towards the mare, which kicked it hard. The impact of the kick was so hard that the lion actually went into a shock for nearly 30 minutes," Bharwad said.

Interestingly, the lion went away into the forest area near by only to return on Wednesday night in the village. The lion sat right in the middle of the main village road but soon escaped into the wild after people raised an alarm.

In the meantime, Khambha Lion Nature Club president Bhikhu Patawala informed chief conservator of forests, Junagadh wildlife, AP Singh that the lion had taken ill since many days and had become weak. It was then decided to cage the lion. Range Forest Officer, Khambha, Rambhai More, who had rushed to the spot on Tuesday night, also confirmed that the lion was sick.

"It had become very feeble probably because it was not able to hunt," said sources.

The forest department team traced this lion near Mitiyala sanctuary and finally caged it. It was taken to Jasadhar Animal Care Centre for treatment.

The lion had jumped a nearly 8 foot long wall of Bhabhlu Bharwad's house and preyed on the calves tied there. Despite people making a hue and cry and efforts to shoo it away into the forest, the lion did not budge from its place for entire Tuesday night.

Bhad village is surrounded by Mitiyala sanctuary on one side and Dhari (east) forest on the other.

 

 

Lion that entered villager’s house near Khambha caged

22/06/2017

Lion that entered villager's house near Khambha caged

THE TIMES OF INDIA

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/rajkot/lion-that-entered-villagers-house-near-khambha-caged/articleshow/59273146.cms

 

RAJKOT/AHMEDABAD: The Asiatic lion, which had sneaked into a villager's compound and preyed on a calf in Bhad village near Khambha on Tuesday night, was caged near Mityala Sanctuary on Thursday.

Sources said that the lion, which is believed to be around 8-9 years old, was ill and very weak. While feasting on the calf, the lion had gone close to a mare that had pounded it with a couple of brutal kicks, which again left the wild cat injured.

 

Interestingly, the lion went away into the forest area near by only to return on Wednesday night in the village. The lion sat right in the middle of the main village road but soon escaped into the wild after people raised an alarm.

In the meantime, 
Khambha Lion Nature Club president Bhikhu Patawalainformed chief conservator of forests, Junagadh wildlife, AP Singh that the lion had taken ill since many days and had become weak. It was then decided to cage the lion. Range Forest Officer, Khambha, Rambhai More, who had rushed to the spot on Tuesday night, also confirmed that the lion was sick.

 

"It had become very feeble probably because it was not able to hunt," said sources.

 


The forest department team traced this lion near 
Mitiyala sanctuary and finally caged it. It was taken to Jasadhar Animal Care Centre for treatment.

 

The lion had jumped a nearly 8-foot-long wall of Bhabhlu Bharwad's house and preyed on the calves tied there. Despite people making a hue and cry and efforts to shoo it away into the forest, the lion did not budge from its place for entire Tuesday night.

 


Bhad village is surrounded by Mitiyala sanctuary on one side and Dhari (east) forest on the other.

 

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