LUCKNOW: The forest department has sent a proposal to the state government to develop Ranipur wildlife sanctuary as the fourth tiger reserve in UP.

At a time when crores of rupees are being pumped into the creation of captive breeding sites of vultures across the country, one of the largest natural nesting colonies of Gyps Indicus or long billed vultures (LBV) of the country, on the Bayana cliffs of the Aravalis (40 kms from Bharatpur) in Rajasthan, is turning into a graveyard of these critically-endangered birds and crying for protected stat