Hindu Mauled By Bear Near Temple in Kashmir
By Fayaz Wani
Srinagar, June 16: A wild bear attacked a Hindu near a temple in Kashmir on Monday, injuring him critically.
Giving details, a police spokesman in Srinagar said that Narinder Singh, 26 was injured when he was attacked by a bear near temple at Mattan, Islamabad in South Kashmir.
He said that Singh screamed and cried as the locals rushed to his rescue. "Seeing the large number of people coming towards it, the wild bear left him in pool of blood and escaped into the woods," the locals said.
Later, the injured person was taken to hospital, where doctors are attending on him.
The man-animal conflict in Kashmir has so far claimed more than 60 lives. About 350 people have been injured in such attacks.
The wildlife experts have termed fencing on frontiers with Pakistan, expansion of human population as well as the disturbance in natural habitats in combination with heavy snowfall during the winter months as the main reasons for the increase in animal attacks. They said that the animals have been forced to move towards the human dwellings in search of food and during this 'migration' period, they have been carrying out attacks on humans.
Experts caution that man-animal conflicts may increase in the coming months if immediate measures are not taken to prevent human interference into the natural habitat of wild animals.
Fayaz Wani reports on life in Srinagar, Kashmir.
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