Two more villagers injured by bear in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Sep 27 (UNI) Two more people were attacked and injured by a wild bear in the Kashmir valley where the man-animal conflict has increased in the recent past.

More than 80 people, including women and children, were killed and 330 others wounded in animal attacks in Jammu and Kashmir during the past two years.

In retaliation, about a dozen wild animals were also killed by the agitated people during the period.

Official sources said a wild bear suddenly appeared at Kongdar Sirhama in South Kashmir district of Anantnag and attacked and injured two people.

The injured were admitted to the hospital, they said, adding the bear later escaped into forest.

Wild animals had killed two people and injured half a dozen others during the past one week.

To meet the challenge of the grave threat of man-animal conflict, the Jammu and Kashmir government has formulated a comprehensive management plan, which included involving infrastructural strengthening, awareness campaign and better communication.

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

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