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Panel to probe death of lions

Special Correspondent

Report to be submitted within a month

NEW DELHI: The Centre on Monday constituted a committee for an appraisal of the recurring deaths of lions in and around the Gir National Park in Gujarat. A report will be submitted within a month.

The National Tiger Conservation Authority, a statutory body under the Union Environment and Forests Ministry, formed the committee as the highly endangered Asiatic lions (Panthera leo persica) are under threat at this National Park.

Regional Deputy Directors (Wildlife) Meeta Banerjee (Western region) and Santosh Tiwari, (Northern region) will be members of the committee headed by Pramod Krishnan, Joint Director (Wildlife), Union Environment and Forests Ministry.

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