In the last one year, a total of 13 lions have met with unnatural deaths in Gir Somnath, Junagadh and Amreli districts, the state government told the Assembly on Friday. Of these 13, one died in Gir Somnath, three in Junagadh and nine in Amreli district. While three lions died of electrocution, three others died after falling into wells and four died in train accidents.
The government said that to preempt unnatural death of lions, it has put in place modern facilities and employed staff, vehicles, wireless sets and weapons.
It also added that to thwart lions’ deaths in train accidents, the government has held discussions with Railways on ways to prevent lions’ deaths. The discussed steps include fencing on both sides of railway tracks in the Gir Sanctuary and preparing underpass on the railway tracks at the routine routes of lions.
In a short-term arrangement, it added, signboards have been put at sensitive locations for lions for the loco-pilots. Also, the loco-pilots and guards are being trained about lions. The government has also put speed-breakers at places on roads marked as sensitive for lions. The government is also disseminating information, seeking co-operation of locals in lion conservation.