Forest officials retrieved the carcasses of a lioness and a tiger from open wells in the Strungai Wildlife Department of the Gir Forest District of Amerili district of Gujarat state on Saturday.
An Asian lioness was found dead in an open well in Nagishri village in the Javrabad forest, while the body of the tiger was retrieved from another well in Johnny Barbatuli village in the Rajula forest, an official said.
The lioness was five to nine years old, while the cheetah was one to two years old, the official said, adding that their bodies were sent for autopsy.
According to the state forest department, Gujarat lost 313 lions in two years, of which 23 died of unnatural causes, in 2019-20.
Former state forestry minister Jannat Vasfa said the government has erected boreholes for 43,000 open boreholes in the Gir forest to prevent animals from falling into the wells.
According to the June 2020 census, the Gir Forest District had 674 Asiatic lions, up from 523 in 2015.
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