Brave Farmer Fought Against Lion to Protect His Cows Near Gir National Park

Gir National Park, Gujarat-News Update– For any farmer, growing crops and animals are the real asset for him. He treat cow like a member of his family and this is the reason why he can go to any extent to protect and care them. These days CCTV footage is making rounds over the social media in which a farmer from Gujarat could be seen fighting with lion to protect his cowsMan Fight With Lion.

The video footage that appeared on YouTube shows the date of the incident as 18 June i.e. Tuesday. It is being said that the name of the farmer living by making a house near Gir National Park is Devsingh Wadher. In the video footage of 30 seconds, it appears that farmer was in his house, only then he heard the voices of cows. The moment he comes out, he finds that his cows have been attacked by a lion.

The farmer saw that cow’s calf have been caught by the lion. Wadher quickly raises a thick stance and kicks the head of the lion with a loud thrust. Fortunately, the thick stick felt on the head of the lion, and his stoop left the calf. Wadher explains that the lion left the calf because of injury and jumped off boundary wall.  Wadher said that the calf is only five months old and he is very close to my heart. The lion had already grabbed his neck. It could be seen clearly in the video that the many cow run inside after the lion fled. Wadher said further that such incidents happen at least two times in a week when wild animals attack cows.

The interesting thing is that this incident took place early in the morning. Wadher did not have full clothes on his body. The good thing about this incident is that no causality is reported.

Gir National Park will be closed for tourists for four months from June 16

Gir National Park, Vadodara Update: Gir National Park which is only abode of Asiatic Lions in India will be closed for visitors from June 16 to October 15 as reported by the Gir officials. The park is closed for Indian as well as foreign visitors. Gir is an abode of 520 Asiatic Lions. This order has been published by the park authority on Saturday.

According to officials Additional Chief Secretary of Environment and Forest Department of Gujarat government Rajiv Gupta, “the park remain closed during this period every year as it is the breeding season for wildlife species living inside the park, including the big cats”.

The monsoon season from June to September is considered to be an ideal season for the breeding. Moreover, during the monsoon season, the condition of road inside the jungle area also deteriorates and it becomes not motoroble. Jeep safari cannot take place during this season. The dedicated safari routes become unsafe for visitors.

Sasan Gir National Park, situated in junagarh district, is the only home for Asiatic Lions and it attracts a huge number of wildlife visitors every year from India and abroad.

Apart from this forest department undertakes the maintenance work of the national park.

Men Chasing and Harassing a Lion on the Road in Una near the Gir National Park

Gir National Park, Gujarat

News Update: 05-Nov-2018

Once again, a video has been surfaced recently that shows how a few young men on their motorcycle are chasing a lion on the road nearby the Gir National Park. In the video, a lion was running away from a pack of motorcyclists who happened to be chasing the lion. The video, as it appears, is recorded by one of the motorcyclists of that group.

The video went viral as soon as it has been surfaced on the various social media platforms. It has raised serious questions on the safety and security of the wildlife in the Gir National Park. The forest department of the Gir forest is responsible for the safety of these wild animals of the Gir forest. The incident happened on the Saiyad Rajpara port road in the Una city of the Gir Somnath district adjacent to the Gir National Park.

In the video, it is seen that the lion has been chased away for a large distance before the lion changed its direction and went into the bushes. It is common for the Lions in the Gir National Park to prowl on the streets or roads passing across the forest or around the forest. The increasing number of Lions and crunching of their natural habitat area is the reason of Lions stray out of the forest to nearby streets or roads.

The diminishing of the forest due to the encroaching human settlements is the reason Lions stretching their territory to human settlements adjacent to the forest. As of now, it is speculated that around more than 200 Lions are living on the edge of the Gir forest or outside of the Gir forest. Due to this, human and animal conflict in the Gir region becomes a common phenomenon in recent times. But harassing the protected Asiatic Lions like this is a serious crime and the forest officials must deal with such activities strictly to control such wildlife harassments.

Interesting to Watch: Gir National Park Lioness Act Like a Stroke Dog for Chicken Feast

A video taken inside the core area of the Sasan Gir National Park is making huge rounds across the social media platforms. In video it can be seen that a master or probably local villager feeding on a live hen like a domesticated animal. The entire incident was recorded when it took place in Gujarat where a person can be seen clearly teasing the lioness with live chicken. Lioness made two to three attempts in order to snatch the live flesh and finally took away the hen. Rest is here in the video.

A canine virus may be killing the last of India’s Asiatic lions

Group of Miscreants Abused and Harassed Lions While Eating Prey in Gir National Park

A deadly epidemic may be wiping out the world’s last few Asiatic lions.

In the past one month alone, at least 23 of the big cats have died in the Gir Wildlife Sanctuary and National Park in the western Indian state of Gujarat. These deaths include those of three cubs and three adult females.

Initially, forest officials suspected some of these deaths to have occurred in a territorial battle. “This is a natural course of action among lions,” Gir forest official GK Sinha had said. Three adult male lions from another area entered the forest in September and killed the cubs in an incident of infighting, Sinha had said.

However, tests conducted at the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Institute of Virology, Pune, have officially confirmed the presence of the deadly canine distemper virus (CDV) in at least four of the tissue samples extracted from the carcasses.

“CDV is extremely infective (sic). In Serengeti (national park in Tanzania) it killed a 1,000 lions in three weeks. Such epidemics are like natural catastrophes that come without any forewarning. Translocation is good for lion conservation and one has to only follow the supreme court’s order to implement it,” Ravi Chellam, a conservation scientist, told the Mint newspaper.
Environmentalists believe scavenging for food and sharing space with feral dogs has lead to the spread of CDV.

While the lion population has jumped from 411 in 2010 to 523 in 2015, and then to 600 lions by now, Gir’s 1,621 square kilometre area has remained constant. That leaves a decreasing amount of area per lion.

In the meantime, listed as a “critically endangered” species in 2000, the Asiatic lion’s status was upgraded to just “endangered” in 2008 after its numbers increased.

Emails to the ministry of environment, forest, and climate change and to the forest department of Gujarat remained unanswered.

Warning ignored
Foreseeing such mass deaths, the supreme court of India had, more than five years ago, ordered the shifting of some lions from Gujarat to Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh to keep them safe from such epidemics.

Resource Link: https://qz.com/india/1414444/why-are-indias-asiatic-lions-dying-in-gir-gujarat/

4 of 23 Lions in Gir Died Due to Suspected Viral Disease

The Gujarat government on Tuesday said canine distemper may have been responsible for the death of four lions even as two more deaths were reported in Gir, taking the death toll to 23 since September 12.

“While advance reports from various laboratories are awaited, in four cases, canine distemper virus is suspected to be the cause,” said forest minister Ganpat Vasava. Canine distemper is a viral disease that impacts a large number of wild animals including cats and dogs. The two lions that died on Tuesday were shifted from Semerdi in Dalkhania range in the eastern part of Gir to Jasapar rescue centre after 11 lions from the same area died between September 12 and 19.

The forest department said at the time of announcing the 11 deaths that infighting and infection were responsible for the deaths. Between September 20 and 30, another 10 lions died while receiving treatment.

The minister said one of the lions might have caught the virus and infected others in the same area. “We have isolated all lions from Semerdi area. A survey in all the others parts of Gir, including the national park and Gir West, has been done and they (lions) are clean and safe,’’ said the chief conservator of forest, Jungadh wildlife division Dushyant Vasavada.

According to forest department officials, all the lions lost were in Gir East, a neglected region in this last adobe of Asiatic Lions. The other two divisions of Gir are Gir West and the National Park; the latter two are the preferred destination of tourists and national and international big cat experts.

Sasan Gir is the headquarters of Gir forest and it has the national park so it is in the focus and closely monitored. Five lakh tourists who annually come for safari go to Sasan and Devaliya Interpretation Zone that are over 50 km away from Dalkhaniya range where all the causalities have happened ,” said Bhika Jethava, president of the Lion Nature Foundation, an NGO working for conservation of the big cats. Razak Bloch, president of the Gujarat State Save Environment Committee, agreed and said : “It often takes a day or two for the rescue team to respond to any distress call given by locals in connection with lion injury or death in the eastern region.” Jethava said the forest department acknowledged a carcass of a lioness in the eastern part 24 hours after they were informed on September 24.

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Harassing a Lion in Gir National Park May Brings a Stringent Punishment Now

Sasan Gir, Gujarat

News Update: 22-June-2018

Now, harassing or teasing Lions in the Gir National Park can get you a harsh punishment of 7 years of imprisonment. Recently, the government of Gujarat has announced a tough action against the offenders in the National Park who will harass the King of the forest.

After several incidents of harassing and teasing the Lions in Gir have surfaced recently, the government of Gujarat proposed a sentence of seven years of imprisonment for the lawbreakers. The harsh step was taken in the wake of the many such offending videos of Lion harassment, which surfaced over the social media networks and got viral online inviting a sharp criticism from the wildlife activists and enthusiasts about the security and safety of wildlife in the Gir National Park.

The officials of the Gir National Park and the forest department of Gujarat will also set up a network of local informers who will inform the authorities instantly if any illegal activities occurred in or around the park such as illegal video filming or photography of the Asiatic lion or the illegal lion show organized by the local offenders.

The Gir National Park is among the most popular National Parks in India and the only natural abode of the Asiatic Lions in the world. The wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers used to visit the park for the holiday and Jeep safari in the Gir forest for the wildlife sighting. However, many videos of teasing, harassing and attracting Lions’ attention illegally inside the Gir National Park have damaged the reputation of the park. So, the harsh punishment may work as a big deterrent for the offenders.

The minister of forest in Gujarat, Ganpat Vasava said, “The new decisions were taken to provide a safety net for lions and ensure that they are conserved.” In addition to the punishment, other decisions have also been taken to enhance the safety of the wildlife in Gir such as a declaration of nearly 109 square km of the area near the park located in the Amreli and Bhavnagar districts as a Gir conservation reserve.

Locals Were Seen Harassing a Hungry Lioness in Gir Forest in a Viral Video

Gir National Park, Sasan Gir

News Update: 06-June-2018

Locals Were Seen Harassing a Hungry Lioness in Gir Forest in a Viral Video

The Gir National Park tops in the incidents of wildlife abusing. In a new video that surfaced recently and goes viral on social media, another incident of harassing the endangered Asiatic lion can be seen which occurred in or around the Gir Forest National Park. It’s not the first time in the Gir forest; this is just another incident which is the perfect example of human’s appalling behavior towards our protected wildlife.

In this video footage of Gir, few local people can be seen teasing a hungry lioness with a chicken. It can be clearly seen in the video that a group of few local men and a woman teasing a lioness with a chicken in hand. The lioness seems hungry and the man first fools the lioness many times by pretending to throw the hen towards her before finally throws it for the lioness to grab and eat. One person among them was capturing all the activity in his mobile camera that later surfaced on the WhatsApp and other social media platforms.

During this harassing activity captured in the video, it can also be heard at one point that a person present there even requested him to make the lioness to roar. When the lioness came very close to the teasing person, he arrogantly boasted that it is his daily activity and he doesn’t get scared of the wild animals anymore.

As per the reports, numerous such video footage’s of wildlife harassment’s, especially, the lion harassment’s were recovered from the mobile phones of the people whom the police had arrested last month on the charge of the illegal Lion show in the Gir forest.

It seems such wildlife harassment incidents by the locals become a normal thing in the Gir Forest. Earlier too, many such videos of the Gir forest had come into the limelight and a lot of outcry and noise had been made by the wildlife enthusiasts over the social media platforms. Such videos put the biggest question marks on the safety and security of the wildlife in Gir.

Group of Miscreants Abused and Harassed Lions While Eating Prey in Gir National Park

Gir National Park, Gujarat

News Update: 03-May-2018

Group of Miscreants Abused and Harassed Lions While Eating Prey in Gir National Park
Group of Miscreants Abused and Harassed Lions While Eating Prey in Gir National Park

Do Indians really care about the wildlife? Do we really understand our duties towards the protected wildlife sanctuary and national parks? We neither respect the serenity of our forests nor value the endangered wildlife species. A video of Gir National Park, which recently surfaced in the news showed that how rude and abusing some people are towards our wildlife and our national pride. Some of the miscreants harassing the protected Asiatic Lions, shouting and whistling while the Lions were eating their prey in the forest of Gir National Park and lastly angered Lions walked away leaving their prey.

At present, the Gir National Park is the one and only natural habitat left for the endangered Asiatic Lions in the world and thus attracts a large chunk of wildlife tourists to get the sighting of the Asiatic Lions in their natural home. Being a National Park, there are strict rules and regulations have to be followed in the Gir National Park like all other wildlife sanctuaries and national parks which clearly meant for respecting the space and freedom of the wild animals, and not disturbing them and their habitat in any possible way.

However, some people do not abide the strict guidelines and wildlife laws meant nothing for them. The video of Gir National Park that goes viral is the proof of this mentality which shows that a group of men shouting, whistling and trying to shooing away Lions, scaring them away while they were eating their prey. In the video, three lions were seen eating their prey when some people interrupted them by intruding into their space and started shouting and whistling at them. As the miscreants kept shouting and whistling, the angry Lions walked away without eating their prey and leaving the prey on the spot.

The foremost question is how these people reached so close to the Lions in the Gir National Park, which is a well-protected national park. The authorities of the Gir Forest National Park got into the action when the video reached them. They are trying to find out how these men get so close to the Lions. With the help of the cyber cell, they are trying to trace the mobile and nab the culprits who abused the Lions in the park. The forest officer of Gir National Park, Ramesh Jalodhara said, “We are reaching out to the cyber cell to trace the mobile and its location from which the video has been recorded. After tracing the location, we will try to find out the reason why these people did what they did. Appropriate action will be taken after the probe.”