Gujarat: Wildlife tracker recognized in lion viral video, questioned by forest division


Gir forest and different protected areas unfold throughout Junagadh, Amreli, Gir Somnath and Bhavnagar districts of Saurashtra area are the final abode of Asiatic lions on the earth. Inhabitants of those endangered large cats was estimated to be 523 in yr 2015. Nevertheless, 167 of them had been residing outdoors protected forest areas.

Forest Division is questioning a wildlife tracker in reference to a viral video through which a person was seen dragging an animal carcass tied to his bike apparently to lure a lion. Nevertheless, no case has been registered until the submitting of the report on Thursday.

Within the 15-second-long video, a person driving a motorcycle is seen rising from a dust observe with a carcass tied to his two-wheeler, adopted by lion. Some individuals standing at a distance and recording the video may very well be heard cheering the person on the bike when the lion got here out of the bushes, saying, “There comes the lion!”

After the video went viral, the Forest Division took cognisance of it and launched a probe.

“The person seen dragging the carcass in the video has been identified as a wildlife tracker. He is not a regular staff member, but works for Forest Department. We are questioning him in connection with the video,” Dushyant Vasavada, Chief Conservator of Forests (CCF) of Junagadh Wildlife Circle, instructed The Indian Categorical on Thursday.

Sources mentioned that the video was shot close to Matirala village in Lathi taluka of Amreli district, which is a part of pure habitat of Asiatic lions.

“Primary inquiry into the incident has revealed that the tracker was removing the carcass from public gaze. However, even if that was the case, it was not the proper way to do that job. But officers are further inquiring into the matter,” the CCF mentioned, including wildlife trackers should not common workers members of Forest Division.

Wildlife trackers are engaged by Gujarat State Lion Conservation Society, a belief arrange by the state authorities to assist efforts of conserving Asiatic lions, on contract foundation. They’re specialists of wildlife behaviour and preserve a observe of motion of wildlife, particularly lions, and likewise assist in rescue and rehabilitation of untamed animals.