Man-animal conflict: Two die in 4 days

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 5/17/2018 1:03:33 PM

SRINAGAR, May 16: While the incidents of human-animal conflict in Jammu and Kashmir have shown no letup, in yet another horrific encounter a minor boy was mauled to death by a leopard in Galutti area of Rajouri district of Jammu Kashmir on Wednesday.
According to police sources a four-year old boy Mohammad Usman, was attacked by a leopard when he was playing outside his house. The severely injured boy succumbed in a nearby hospital.
The incident has surfaced barely two days after a person was mauled to death by a bear in north Kashmir.
On May 13, an elderly person was mauled to death by a bear in Ajas locality of north Kashmir's Bandipora district.
According to police sources, 55-year old Ghulam Ahmad, a resident of Bazipora Ajas was attacked by a bear while he was grazing cattle in a nearby forest.
Severely injured, Bhat was rushed to a hospital in Srinagar where he succumbed.
Nearly 6 incidents of man-animal conflict were reported in the month of May so far from different parts of Jammu and Kashmir.
On May 7, a 36-year old woman was attacked and injured by a wild beast in Lolab area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district.
As per the eye witnesses, the woman was attacked by a bear outside her residence in Warnow village. With the efforts from locals the woman was saved and immediately rushed to hospital for treatment.
Few days later, a bear attacked and severely injured a 55 year old man in Baramulla district of north Kashmir on May 10.
According to police reports, a bear had entered village Check in Tangmarg and attacked and injured Mohammad Ashraf Khan who was rushed to hospital for treatment.
According to the information available with the department of wild life, over 8 incidents of bear attacks were reported from different parts of Kashmir in the month of November last year.
According to the data provided by regional wildlife department, at least a dozen persons have been killed in various incidents of man animal conflict in J&K state during 2016 and 2017.
"The incidents of man-animal conflict are reported from various parts of valley continuously. Though the department is making all out efforts towards minimising these deadly incidents, in winter season mostly the incidents are on rise as wild animals plung into residential areas near forests in search of food," an official at regional wildlife department said.
In the July last year a 6-year old boy was killed by a leopard in Banderpora village of south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. According to the officials, the child was lifted by the leopard outside his residence and was later found dead.
The incidents of man animal conflict include mostly leopard and bear attacks that have left hundreds dead and thousands injured across the state of Jammu and Kashmir during past several years.
As per the data available with the department of wildlife, in 2014-15, 17 persons were killed while 232 persons were injured in the incidents of man-animal conflict in different parts of Kashmir valley only.
The information revealed that 26 persons were killed while 284 were injured in because of animal conflict in the state during 2015, 2016.



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