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.