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Gujarat sees a surge in animal attacks in Gir-Somnath region

Updated: Aug 16th, 2023

Wildlife of Gir Somnath (img: IANS)

Gujarat’s Gir-Somnath district has recorded a surge in wildlife attacks on humans, and the latest man-animal conflict was reported when a two-year-old boy lost his life in a leopard attack.

The incident occurred on Aug 14 in Matana village, situated within the Veraval range forest, which is known to be home to several leopards.

The infant was playing near his house when the leopard pounced, dragging him away.

The villagers recounted how the leopard had swiftly snatched the child and vanished into the wilderness.

In response to this devastating occurrence and the presence of leopards in the vicinity, authorities installed three traps to capture the elusive feline, and plans to set up three more soon.

Lion attacks on a rise in Gir-Somnath

It has been disclosed that within the past six months, at least six people have fallen victim to leopard attacks in the area.

This unsettling pattern of human-wildlife conflict is not unique to leopards. The region has also seen a considerable number of lion attacks resulting in fatalities and injuries. The statistics reveal that, on average, one human death per 100 lions and two deaths per 100 leopards have occurred over the past two years.

The alarming surge in lion attacks is concerning given the saturated population within the sanctuary and the increasing number of lions venturing into unprotected areas beyond its boundaries.

Data shows that human deaths caused by lions witnessed a dramatic 150% increase from two in 2021 to five in 2022. However, the number of injuries slightly decreased by 9.5%, going from 21 in 2021 to 19 in 2022.

Leopard related deaths see a slump

Leopard-related human deaths, on the other hand, experienced a decline of 20%, dropping from 15 in 2021 to 12 in 2022.

Similarly, injuries from leopard attacks also decreased by 20%, with 105 injuries in 2021 compared to 84 in 2022.

Government’s aide in such animal attacks

Earlier, the government responded to these tragedies with financial compensation for the victims and their families.

Compensation of ₹33 lakh was provided for lion-related deaths and ₹2.27 lakh for injuries. In the case of leopards, the state government allocated ₹1.2 cr for compensation and ₹12.33 lakh for the injured.

(Source: IANS)

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