The existence of one of the rarest species of big cats, Asiatic Lions, is now looking in danger. It seems that the conflict between human and beast at Gir at Gujarat is getting dangerously out of control. The recent news of killing lions in the Gir wildlife reserve in India has raised concerns all around the world.
Earlier, the Asiatic lions were found in a vast area from the Indian subcontinent to southeastern Europe. But today, there are 300 Asiatic lions are reportedly there in the wild and the Gir reserve in Gujarat is the sole place where they are roaming now.
Recently, the incidents of killing India’s tigers by poachers for their skins have raised voice to save the lions. The report said that the poachers are killing lions at an alarming rate in the Gir reserve. The bodies of three lions have been found in last only one week. Poachers, reportedly, kill them to sell their bones and claws in the market.
Because of the Nawab of Junagadh‘s conservationist policy, the number of lions, that was mere 13 in 1907, has become today the home of the Asiatic lionsToday. The Nawab had started putting lions in the Gir that was once his kingdom. Since then, the population of lions recovered well. But now, in Independent India, poachers are continuously killing the rare species to earn money.
There was another problem that some of the conservationists had warned the government that the population of lions has been grown too large for the reserve. As the result, the lions have started straying into nearby villages and have created havoc. They asked the government to manage another space as a second reserve for the lions.
Later, the Central government has found a site at Kuno wildlife sanctuary in Madhya Pradesh. But, Gujarat rejected the proposal by saying that the lions are a symbol of pride for Gujarat.