Towards the end of 2009, Gir National Park, the last abode of the extremely endangered Asiatic lion has been in the news for most of the wrong reasons.
On October 7th a group of 11 people were caught watching a “show” when a pride of lions killed and preyed on a buffalo. The forest department recorded their statements and after it was ascertained that it was not a “planned show” they were let off with after being fined of Rs. 500/- for intrusion.
In what seems to be a gross violation of the Wildlife Protection Act, 1972, a 2.5km 10 foot wide cement concrete road has been constructed in Girnar Wildlife Sanctuary near Junagadh city. The road starts from Wellingdon dam and goes to Hatipaga on Datar Hills. When questioned about it, the deputy conservator of forests (DCF), Anita Karne said, “We are not aware of this but we will inquire into the matter and do the needful.”