Army killed a bear after it injured two in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Aug 8 (UNI) Troops killed a bear after it attacked and injured two people, including a soldier in north Kashmir, official sources said today.

They said troops of 32 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) shot dead a bear in self defence in a village under police station Kralgund in the frontier district of Kupwara.

Earlier, the bear attacked and injured a soldier and a civilian named Mohammad Subhan Ganai.

The body of the bear was later handed over to the Wild Life Department.

Official sources said so far 58 people, including women and children, had been killed and 325 others were injured in attacks by the wild animal in the Jammu and Kashmir during the past two years.

Official sources also said about a dozen wild animals were also killed by the people in retaliation in the state. People reject the protests by NGOs, alleging that these animals killed and wounded women and children in the state.

Sources said the state had formulated a comprehensive management plan for handling of man us wild animal conflicts involving infrastructural strengthening, awareness campaign and better communication.

They said the plan had been submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and Forests and State Planning Department for financial assistance.

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