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Recent years have witnessed lions moving outside sanctuary limits. Prides of lions are seen to occupy territories in Girnar, Mitiyala, grasslands in Maliya, Jesar and Palitana and coastal forests permanently. Some of the reasons for migration of lions are
Good conservation efforts in Gir resulting in a continuous flow of young individual lions looking to rehabit new areas,
New areas having good potential as lion habitat with respect to availability of prey (wild ungulates and feral cattle) and shelter,
Unhindered and safe movement of lions from Gir and to these locations because of the topography, cropping pattern and land use.
Attitude of the local people which is highly conservation oriented, whereby they feel pride in the fact that lions have inhabited their land.