A court in India has sentenced a person responsible for the death of five lions to electrocution last year, to three years rigorous imprisonment and a hefty fine. The person had released electrical current into the wired fence around his field, in a bid to protect his crops, when five lions came in contact with the fence and died instantly. The accused then proceeded to cover up the evidence that was only revealed after a probe into the whereabouts of the missing lions was conducted by authorities.
Asiatic lions of India are critically endangered and each death by unnatural causes deals a heavy blow to the entire subspecies. Open wells, conflicts with humans, poaching and illegally erected electrical fences are amongst the prime dangers the three to four hundred remaining lions face in the Gir reserve in western India. More on the above story here.
Also, in India, three high ranking forest officials of Sunderban were removed after the recent tiger killing that made headlines across the country. Investigations are still underway in this case and three suspects have been apprehended, though it remains to be seen as to what measures are going to be introduced by the Indian government to reduce man-animal conflict and poaching in the delta. More here.