View Full Version : Electrocuted: It is tough time to be a lion

Sabyasachi Patra
22-10-2014, 07:56 PM
Lion (Panthera leo persica) electrocuted

Lions are progressively moving away from the Gir National Park as they find the area small and prey base inadequate to sustain more than an estimate 400+ lions. Once out of the protected areas, they literally struggle to survive. One got drowned about 15 days back and yesterday one got electrocuted. These images are from a field in Baghnagar village, Mahua Taluka in Bhavnagar district of Gujarat.

Baghnagar is a small village with a population of about 300-400 people with people depending mostly on cultivation. There was a time when farmers used to ward away deers, wild boars and Nilgais from their farms by creating noise. These days the farmers have taken the easy route. The farmers connect electricity to the fencing and switch it on during the night to prevent animals coming into their fields. Mostly herbivores like Nilgais come to the fields. Unfortunately, this poor animal became victim of this illegal practice of live fencing the field and got electrocuted.

Sharing few images below showing the overall size of the animal, power connection in the shed from where lines have been drawn to live wire the fencing, image showing Leg and wire, cut marks in the body from the wires.
Images by IndiaWilds contributor Ramesh Makwana

Roopak Gangadharan
23-10-2014, 04:54 PM
Elephants in mudumalai, bears in some parts of karnataka, herbivores in almost all parts of the country and lions in Gujarat. By Fencing and live wiring private properties, destroying and illegally occupying corridors we are hemming in wildlife and forcing many species to meet with a cruel fate like this. Are the laws of natural justice applicable only to humans in a world which we share with millions of other species ? if so what sort of 'natural' justice is it ??


Mrudul Godbole
24-10-2014, 11:30 AM
Very unfortunate. Agree with Roopak, in every part of the country different species are getting killed in similar way. Thanks to Ramesh for sharing these photographs.

Paramvir Singh
13-11-2014, 09:17 AM
Sick. What can we do to stop this illegal practice?