Bear injures another woman in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 9 (UNI) A wild bear attacked a woman and injured her, in south Kashmir district of Anantnag, official sources said today.

They said 42-year-old Rahti was working near her house in Chewa, Anantnag when a bear appeared suddenly. Before she could escape, the beast attacked and injured her.

She was later admitted to a hospital, sources said.

During the past two weeks, one person has been killed and more than a dozen injured in bear attacks in the valley.

Meanwhile, the man-animal conflict has claimed lives of 75 people, including women and children, while 330 others were injured in the beast attacks in the state during the past two years.

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

The state has formulated a comprehensive management plan for containing such incidents. The plan includes involving infrastructural strengthening, awareness campaign and better communication.

The plan has been submitted to the Union Ministry of Environment and forests and state planning Department for financial assistance.

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