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Gujarat forest department identifies 3 man-eater lions

Gujarat’s Forest department has identified three lions for killings of three persons in separate incidents in Gir forest. Among the total 17 lions captured by the forest officials to identify “man-eaters,” three have been identified and will be sent to zoo in Junagadh.

“Out of the 17 lions captured by us last month, one was a male adult, and it turned out to be the main culprit. We found considerable amount of human remains in that lion's faeces, while very small amount was found from the faeces of two sub-adult females,” said chief conservator of forest (wildlife) Junagadh range A.P. Singh.

Mr. Singh added, “It brought us to the conclusion that the lion attacked, killed and ate humans while two other sub-adults only ate some leftover body parts. These sub-adults were not involved in attacking and killing humans, as they only ate the leftover parts.”

According to him, the Forest department, after capturing two group of total 17 lions, collected sample of their faeces and also analysed pug marks to identify and isolate man-eaters.

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