Villager injured in Bear attack in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 24 (UNI) A wild bear attacked and injured a villager in the Kashmir valley, where more than 80 people, including women and children, were killed and others wounded in animal attacks during the past two years.

About a dozen wild animals were also killed by the agitated people during the period.

Official sources said today a wild bear appeared in village Kaigam in Shopian when people were busy in their routine work.

The bear attacked and injured Mohammad Rajab Ganai. However, he was rescued by other villagers and later shifted to a hospital.

A leopard had killed a woman at Baramulla on September 22.

The Jammu and Kashmir government has formulated a comprehensive management plan to meet the challenge of the grave threat of man- animal conflict in the state. 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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