New Delhi: As many as sixty-four teams have been set up by the Gujarat Forest Department to scan the vast Gir forest to identify sick and weak lions and immediately shift them to rescue centres. The development came after carcasses of 11 lions were found in the regions. Also Read - Thousands of People Dance at Engagement of Ex-BJP Minister’s Granddaughter in Gujarat, Video Goes Viral
Simultaneously, a central government team of wildlife experts has also flown into Gujarat to find out the reasons for the sudden deaths in a short span. Also Read - Gujarat Govt Slashes RT-PCR Test Price to Rs 800 Amid Covid Surge
A carcass of a lioness was found in a forest near Rajula of Amreli district Wednesday, while three more lions were found dead the same day in Dalkhaniya range area in the Gir forest, a senior official had said. Carcasses of seven other lions were found in the last few days, he had added. Also Read - This Indian-Origin Man Is in FBI's '10 Most Wanted' List Since 2017, Carries Rs 74 Lakh Reward
According to the claims of Gujarat forest officials, the lions were killed in territorial war and infighting. Later, the officials added that besides infighting, some of the big cats died due to infection.
Gujarat’s Additional Chief Secretary for Environment and Forests Rajiv Gupta said viscera samples of the dead animals have been sent to Pune-based National Institute of Virology.
As per the 2015 census, Gir is home to 520 lions.
Rajya Sabha MP Parimal Nathwani had said on Thursday that a probe must be conducted to see if the deaths occurred due to electrocution, poisoning or poaching.