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    Google News: Asiatic Lions UPDATES Poachers kill three Asiatic lions in Gir sanctuary Gulf News: Published: 07/03/2007 (UAE); India AP New Delhi: Poachers
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      Poachers kill three Asiatic lions in Gir sanctuary

      Gulf News: Published: 07/03/2007 (UAE); India

      AP

      New Delhi : Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India , removing their claws and bones and raising fears for the future of the rare cats, wildlife officials said yesterday.

      Rangers at the Gir National Park in the state of Gujarat found the mutilated bodies of two lionesses and a cub on Saturday deep inside the park, said Bharat Pathak, the park's conservation officer.

      Only some 350 of the Asiatic lions that once roamed across much of Asia from Turkey to India still exist, all of them in the Gir park. The killings sparked renewed calls from conservationists to set up an alternate sanctuary.

      The poachers left the pelts of the lions, taking their claws, bones and skulls - which are highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine - raising fears that a professional gang of poachers was behind the killings, Pathak said.

      "Our department has announced a reward of Rs50,000 (Dh4,175) if someone can give a clue about who killed the lions," he said.

      While several of the lions have been killed in recent years, this is the first case of poaching inside the protected area.

      Other lions have been poached when they strayed outside the park or were killed by angry villagers after the lions took their cattle. Hundreds of open wells in the area also act as death traps for the lions.

      "This is of particular importance because it happened right inside the park," said Belinda Wright of the Wildlife Protection Society of India.

      "The bones of all big cats are valued in China, they have absolutely no value in India," Wright said. However, the claws are sometimes used for good luck amulets in India, she said.

      Pradeep Khanna, the state's chief forest officer, said a request had been made to the government to step up security on India's borders to prevent the body parts from being smuggled out of the country. Park patrols would also be stepped up, he said.

      On the brink

      The Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) is found only in India.

      The Asiatic subspecies is smaller in size than its African cousins.

      There are only 350 Asiatic lions in the wild and all of them are restricted to the Gir forest in the Indian state of Gujarat.

      There are plans to re-introduce the animal into the wild in some protected areas in the neighbouring state of Madhya Pradesh.

      Historically, the animal used to be found from the Caucasus to Yemen and from Macedon to present-day India through present-day Iran.

      The Gir Forest National Park of western India has about 359 lions (as of April 2006) which live in a 1,412 sq km sanctuary covered with scrub and open deciduous forest habitats.

      There were only 13 lions in the wild in 1907 and the Nawab of Junagadh gave them special protection. Scientific studies show inbreeding in the population is taking its toll.

      http://www.gulfnews.com/world/India/10109304.html

       

      No place to hide for Asiatic lions,3 more killed in Gir

      New Delhi | March 06, 2007

      It seems there is no place left for them to hide. Three Asiatic lions of Gir National Park have been found killed by poachers in their only natural habitat in the world. The security in the sanctuary has been tightened.

      It was the rangers at the National Park who discovered ripped and mutilated remains of three endangered lions on saturday. They were found from deep within the park. The remains included that of two lionesses and a cub . The claws and bones of the animals were missing.

      This is not the first time that an endangered animal has been poached at Gir. Due to increased poaching and negligence from the forest department the endangered Asiatic lions are now on the verge of extinction.

      The poachers are after their claws, bones and skulls, which are highly prized in traditional Chinese medicine.

      Forest Department has said it will probe the killings. Less than 350 Asiatic lions are left in Gir, which once roamed across much of Asia from Turkey to India .

      (staff reporter)

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      Wells are biggest enemies of Gir Lions in Gujarat
      Gujarat Global.com, India - Mar 6, 2007
      In the last five years there were as many as 37 instances when lions in the Gir sanctuary fell in wells. Of these 19 drowned while 18 could be rescued by ...

       

      Drowning deaths of Indian lions points to apathy
      Reuters India, India - 15 hours ago
      AHMEDABAD (Reuters) - Nineteen rare Asiatic lions have drowned in India after falling into wells over the past five years, further endangering an animal ...

       

       

      Rare Indian lions drown
      TVNZ, New Zealand - 15 hours ago
      Nineteen rare Asiatic lions have drowned in India after falling into wells over the past five years, further endangering an animal threatened by poachers ...

       

       

      Lion cubs 'chased' into well in Gir
      Times of India, India - 21 hours ago
      GANDHINAGAR: The man-lion conflict in and around the Gir forest in Gujarat may be taking a turn for the worse with the state government disclosing on ...

       

       

       

      A roaring apathy
      Hindustan Times, India - Mar 6, 2007
      The killing of more Asiatic lions in the Gir Lion Sanctuary is a national disgrace. It highlights the deeper malaise afflicting India’s wildlife parks, ...

       

      'Relocation of lions political decision in Gujarat'
      Times of India, India - Mar 5, 2007
      NEW DELHI: Poaching is rare in Gir, that houses the last remaining free-ranging Asiatic lions in India. The last time was in 2005, when two lions were ...

       

       

      Three endangered Asiatic lions killed by poachers in India
      Taipei Times, Taiwan - 22 hours ago
      Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, removing their claws and bones and raising fears ...

       

      Govt silent on shifting lion base
      Times of India, India - Mar 5, 2007
      GANDHINAGAR: The Asiatic lion, frequently found straying from its habitat, may get a bigger home by expanding the Gir sanctuary, the state government told ...

       

       

      3 Rare Lions Killed in India Sanctuary
      ForbesNY - Mar 6, 2007
      By GAVIN RABINOWITZ 03.06.07, 5:52 PM ET. Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, ...

       

       

      3 Rare Lions Killed in India Sanctuary
      Washington Post, DC - Mar 6, 2007
      By GAVIN RABINOWITZ. AP. NEW DELHI -- Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, ...

       

       

      Poachers Kill Two Asiatic Lionesses, Cub in Indian Sanctuary
      FOX News - Mar 6, 2007
      AP. Asiatic lionesses sit under a tree at Gir National Park, Gujarat, India, in a 2004 file photo. Asiatic lionesses sit under a tree at Gir National Park, ...

       

       

      3 Rare Lions Killed in India Sanctuary
      ABC News - Mar 6, 2007
      NEW DELHI Mar 6, 2007 (AP)— Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, removing their claws ...

       

       

      3 rare lions killed in India sanctuary
      San Jose Mercury News, CA - Mar 6, 2007
      AP. NEW DELHI - Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, removing their claws and bones and ...

       

       

      3 rare lions killed in India sanctuary
      Houston Chronicle, TX - Mar 5, 2007
      By GAVIN RABINOWITZ AP Writer. © 2007 AP. NEW DELHI — Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western ...

       

       

      3 Rare Lions Killed in India Sanctuary
      ForbesNY - Mar 5, 2007
      AP 03.06.07, 12:25 AM ET. Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, removing their claws and ...

       

       

      Poachers kill three Asiatic lions in India
      Daily Times, Pakistan - Mar 5, 2007
      AHMEDABAD: Poachers have killed three Asiatic lions in the rare animal’s only natural habitat in the world, prompting security to be tightened in the ...

       

       

      Poachers kill three Asiatic lions at Gir
      Reuters IndiaIndia - Mar 5, 2007
      AHMEDABAD, India (Reuters) - Poachers have killed three Asiatic lions in the rare animal's only natural habitat in the world, prompting security to be ...

       

       

      No breakthrough in Gir lions' killings probe
      RxPG NEWS, CA - 15 hours ago
      By IANS, [RxPG] Ahmedabad, March 6 - Forest officials in the Gir National Park Tuesday reported no major breakthrough in the killing of three endangered ...

       

       

      3 Rare Lions Killed in India Sanctuary
      Wyoming News, WY - 16 hours ago
      By GAVIN RABINOWITZ Wednesday, March 07, 2007. NEW DELHI - Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in ...

       

       

      No breakthrough in Gir lions' killings
      Andhra Cafe, India - 20 hours ago
      Ahmedabad, March 6 (IANS) Forest officials in the Gir National Park Tuesday reported no major breakthrough in the killing of three endangered lions. ...

       

       

      Rare Lions Killed in Indian Game Reserve By Suspected Poachers.
      Buzzle, CA - 23 hours ago
      Poachers trapped and skinned three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their last remaining refuge in western India, officials said today. ...

       

       

      Rare lions killed in Indian game reserve
      The Observer Blog, UK - Mar 6, 2007
      An Asiatic Lion yawns at the New Delhi zoo. India’s Gir National Park and Lion Sanctuary in Gujarat is the only remaining habitat and last refuge for the ...

       

       

      No breakthrough in Gir lions' killings probe
      India eNews.com, India - Mar 6, 2007
      Forest officials in the Gir National Park Tuesday reported no major breakthrough in the killing of three endangered lions. Poachers killed two lionesses and ...

       

       

      3 Rare Lions Killed in India Sanctuary
      Wyoming News, WY - Mar 6, 2007
      By GAVIN RABINOWITZ Tuesday, March 06, 2007. NEW DELHI - Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western ...

       

       

      Three lions poached in Gir Sanctuary
      NDTV.comIndia - Mar 6, 2007
      After tigers, it's lions that are falling prey to poachers. The carcasses of three lions have been found inside the Gir Lion Sanctuary in Gujarat. ...

       

       

      Gir lions mutilated for bones, skin
      CNN-IBNIndia - Mar 5, 2007
      GOVT TURNS BLIND EYE: Ripped and mutilated remains of three endangered lions were found in Gir. New Delhi: Forest officials in Gir National Park have ...

       

       

      3 rare lions killed in India sanctuary
      White Rock Reviewer, SD - Mar 5, 2007
      By GAVIN RABINOWITZ, AP Writer 27 minutes ago. NEW DELHI - Poachers killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in ...

       

       

       

       

      Poachers Kill Rare Lions
      Sky NewsUK - Mar 6, 2007
      Poachers have killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in western India, raising fears for their future. ...

       

       

      Gir forest authorities launched manhunt of poachers
      Hindustan Times, India - Mar 6, 2007
      Gir forest authorities have suddenly woken up from their slumber and launched a massive manhunt following brutal poaching of two lionesses and one lioness, ...

       

       

       

      Poachers kill 3 Gir lions, rip away claws
      Times of India, India - Mar 5, 2007
      RAJKOT: Poachers struck with a vengeance in Gir sanctuary by killing three Asiatic lionesses and escaping with their claws, skulls and bones in Babaria ...

       

       

      In first for Gir, two lionesses, cub killed; forest officials say ...
      Indian Express, India - Mar 5, 2007
      JUNAGADH, MARCH 5 : Two lionesses and a cub were killed by poachers inside the protected area of the Gir sanctuary, forest department officials said on ...

       

       

      3 Gir lions poached, bones and claws ripped
      Hindustan Times, India - Mar 5, 2007
      In what is regarded by nature lovers and wildlife activists as the most gruesome incident of the animal killing in the history of Gir forests in the ...

       

       

      Rare Asiatic lions poached inside their Indian sanctuary
      Vancouver Sun (subscription), Canada - 15 hours ago
      Lioness Ekta is among only about 350 of the Asiatics in existence and all are in the Gir National Park in India. Photograph by : Ajit Solanki, ...

       

       

      Guj Opposition criticises Gir poaching
      CNN-IBNIndia - Mar 6, 2007
      THE LAST ROAR? If anything happens to the habitat, an entire species of Asiatic lions will be extinct. Gir National Park (Gujarat): There is a poaching ...

       

       

       

      Poachers Kill Three Lions In Indian Sanctuary
      Playfuls.comRomania - Mar 6, 2007
      by Playfuls Team. Poachers have killed three endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary in India's western state of Gujarat, ...

       

       

      Lionesses and cub killed in Gir Sanctuary in Gujarat
      Gujarat Global.com, India - Mar 5, 2007
      Forest Department has found dead bodies of two lionesses and a cub from the protected area of the protected area of the Gir sanctuary. ...

       

       

      Gir forest fails to guard its lionesses
      Daily News & Analysis, India - Mar 5, 2007
      AHMEDABAD/RAJKOT: The human-animal conflict reared its gory head again on Saturday afternoon when forest officials found carcasses of three lionesses in ...

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