Carcasses of at least 11 Asiatic lions have been found in the Gir Forest National Park of Gujarat. All the bodies were found in the last 11 days. The dead bodies were sent for post-mortem and the exact cause of deaths will be known after the post-mortem report is prepared. Prior to the post-mortem, according to sources, the preliminary investigation suggests that eight deaths were caused due to infighting.
On Thursday, the forest guards stumbled upon dead bodies of three lions in decomposed and mutilated condition in the Dalkhania range while one body was found in Rajula range. According to officials, deaths must have occurred 4-5 days ago in the deep forest. The Gujarat government has ordered an investigation into the deaths of the lions. The Asiatic lion is an endangered species and Gujarat’s Gir Forest National Park is one of their last remaining habitats. As per the 2015 census, Gir is home to 523 lions. The 11 bodies include three adult females, two adult males and six cubs.