Total 66 Asiatic lions died in Gujarat in last one year, In his written reply, state Forest and Environment Minister Ganpat Vasava said today in the state Legislative Assembly during the question in reply to Congress MLA’s question.
Out of total of 66 Asiatic lions (21 adult males, 16 lionesses and 29 cubs) died in the past one year in Junagadh, Amreli and Gir Somnath districts, 55 died natural deaths, while three were run over by speeding trains in Amreli district, eight others died in various incidents, like falling into open well, but not a single lion was poached.
2 lion cubs found dead near Rajula on 7 july.
Wildlife activists and nature lovers along with officials are concerned over the large number of lion deaths in the last five years. Sources said more 255 lions have died in the last five years in and around Gir wildlife sanctuary, the last abode of Asiatic lions in the world. According to the May 2010 census, there were 411 lions in the state. Experts say that many of the lions have