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Prospects for Asiatic lion survival dim

At least 31 Asiatic lions at India's Gir National Park have died this year, and wildlife scientists say some should be moved to a different preserve to protect the species from canine distemper virus; babesiosis; and conflicts with domestic animals, humans and the built environment. Wildlife biologist Meena Venkataraman says the Gujarat state government needs a plan for preventing infections, screening for pathogens and responding to disease outbreaks.

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