Kashmir Indepth

Man-animal conflict on rise in South Kashmir

6 people grievously injured in one month

KINS Anantnag Correspondent

Srinagar, July 03 (KINS): At least six people have been grievously injured in south Kashmir after being attacked by wild bears in the last one month.

The latest incident was reported from Gadoole Bala Kharipora Kokernag after two people, man and woman were attacked by a wild bear.

“They were attacked in an orchard. Hajra Begum, wife of Habibullah Khari and Abdul Rashid Saradan son of Mohammad Ali Saradan both residents of Gadool Bala Kokernag were injured. From Kokernag hospital, they have been shifted to GMC Anantnag,” an official told news agency Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS).

Wildlife Warden South Kashmir Abdul Rauf Zargar said three rescue teams were pressed in by the Wildlife Department to trap, tranquilize or to drive away the wild animal towards nearby forests.

“Searches were also conducted today by Acchabal Control Room as precautionary measures,” he told KINS.

Last month, three people were grievously injured in Gundinawrooz Larkipora Anantnag after being attacked by a wild bear.

The incident took place when a teacher of a local school and his wife had gone to their orchard, where they were attacked by a bear. Similarly, a 10th class student was also grievously injured.

Several incidents have been reported in the area for the last few weeks which has created a fear among the locals.

A wild bear also injured several people in the Dooru area.

An official said the Wildlife Department provides Rs 3 lakh to those who get killed by wild animals.

Similarly, for those who receive grievous injury is provided Rs 1 lakh, he said.

He said others are provided compensation as per recommendations of medical experts based on the injuries.

The increase in bear-human conflicts has contributed to the land use change around forests, habitat loss, degradation of habitats due to heavy livestock grazing and non-timber forest products (NTFP) collection, disturbance and fragmentation of habitats. In some areas, kitchen waste of security force camps also attract black bears.(KINS)

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