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Lioness found dead in Gujarat


Press Trust of India Ahmedabad
A lioness was found dead in Tulsishyam range of Gir forest in Gujarat on Wednesday, a forest official said.
According to the official, prima facie no foul play was suspected in the death of the lioness, believed to be around 11 years old.
Chief Conservator of Forests (Wildlife), Junagadh, D T Vasavada said the carcass has been sent for post-mortem.
"The lioness, around 10-11 years old, was found dead at Tulsishyam range of Gir (East) division of the forest, around 330 km from here," he said.
"A veterinary doctor visited the site. Claws of the lioness were found to be intact," he said, indicating that poaching was not the reason behind the death.
Two days ago, a lion was found dead on a farm land in Jasadhar range of Gir east division of forest in Junagadh district.
The Gujarat government had told the legislative assembly last week that over 200 lions died in Gir forest region in the state in the last two years.
Forest minister Ganpat Vasava had said in his written reply that 110 lions and 94 cubs had died in 2017 and 2018.
Gujarat is the last abode of Asiatic lions.

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First Published: Feb 27 2019 | 10:40 PM IST

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