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