Carcasses of 10 more lions have been found in the forests of Gir in Gujarat. 21 lions have died in Gir in the last 18 days alone. The rising number of lion deaths in the national park in such a short span of time is a cause of worry for forest officials and conservationists. Gir is home to India’s entire population of around 500 wild Asiatic lions. Infighting and infections in liver and kidney are the main causes for the recent death of lions, the Forest Department claimed.
As an immediate measure, Gir authorities have moved 31 lions to an animal care centre and have kept them in isolation. Their check-up is being done. Gir is home to 523 lions, including 109 male, 201 female, 73 sub-adults and 140 cubs, according to data available from 2015. Relentless development near Gir – roads through the forest in the 1,400-square kilometre-wildlife sanctuary, expanding villages and illegal mining – is also forcing animal-human proximity.