Woman killed, 3 injured by bear in Kashmir

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Srinagar, Oct 10 (UNI) A woman was killed and three others were injured when a bear attacked villagers in the Kashmir valley overnight, official sources said.

Panic gripped Reshipora village, Handwara, in Kupwara when a bear suddenly appeared from the woods.

The bear critically wounded a woman, Jana Begum. She was immediately rushed to Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) here, where she died.

A bear attacked and injured three people at village Chotipora in Shopian district of south Kashmir. However, the villagers later captured the bear and handed over to the wildlife authorities.

The injured were admitted to hospital.

Official sources said one bear was attacked and killed by villagers in the same area.

Three days ago, another bear was killed by villagers after he attacked and injured three people in Anantnag district.

The villagers alleged that wild animals often attack and injure them in the area as the Wildlife department had failed to take any preventive measures.

The man-wild animal conflict has increased in the Kashmir valley, forcing wildlife authorities to formulate a comprehensive management plan to meet the challenge. The plan included 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.

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, rejecting the protests by animal lovers and NGOs.

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