Ahmedabad, Jun 15 : Three of the 17 lions, captured last month for killing three persons near Gir sanctuary, have been identified as ‘man-eaters’ and will be kept at a zoo or Gujarat forest department’s rescue centre, an official said today. After analysing their pug marks and faeces during a 25-day captivity, one adult male and two sub-adult female lions were found to have turned man-eaters and ‘guilty’ of killing locals, as human remains were found from the excreta of these three lions, Chief Conservator of Forest for Junagadh division, A P Singh, said. Also Read - After Pet Cats, 4 Tigers And 3 Lions of Bronx Zoo Test COVID-19 Positive in New York
“Out of the 17 lions captured by us last month, one was a male adult, and it turned out to be the main culprit. We found considerable amount of human remains in that lion’s faeces, while very small amount was found from the faeces of two sub-adult females,” he said. “It brought us to the conclusion that the male lion attacked, killed and ate humans while two other sub-adults only ate some leftover body parts. (ALSO READ: Loyal dog fights tiger, sacrifices its life to save sleeping master) Also Read - SA vs ENG Dream11 Team Prediction, England Tour of South Africa 2020, 3rd T20I: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips South Africa vs England at SuperSport Park, Centurion 6:00 PM IST
These sub-adults were not involved in attacking and killing humans, as they only ate the leftover parts,” said Singh. “Now, the male lion will be kept for its entire life in a cage at Sakkarbaug zoo on the outskirts of Junagadh city, while the two lionesses will be kept locked in any of forest department’s rescue centre for their lives,” he said. “All the three lions have to spend their lives in captivity now. The other 14 lions of the pride, including several cubs, will be released in the (Gir) sanctuary. As a precaution, they will be released in deeper pockets of the sanctuary, far away from where they were captured,” he said. Also Read - HL vs CC Dream11 Team Prediction, Momentum One-Day Cup 2020, Match 12: Captain And Vice-Captain, Fantasy Cricket Tips Lions vs Cape Cobras at Senwes Park, Potchefstroom 1:30 PM IST
The pride of 17 lions was caged last month outside Gir Wildlife Sanctuary in Dhari taluka of Amreli district, on the border of the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary. A major portion of the Gir sanctuary falls in the adjoining Junagadh district. Dhari taluka lies on the border of the sanctuary. The forest department had started the drive to cage the lions after three persons – a 14-year-old boy, a woman aged around 50 and a 61-year-old man – were mauled to death by the felines in the same region in April and May.
Prior to these incidents, the man-lion conflict was rare in and around Gir, the only abode of Asiatic lions where there are around 523 lions, as per the last census. These incidents sparked anger among the locals, who along with some political leaders, including former Amreli MLA Dilip Sanghani, demanded action against man-eater lions.