SHOPIAN: Police Friday shot dead a bear after it wounded three persons in Kathuhalan Kelar area of South Kashmirs Shopian district.
Illegal felling of trees and encroachments on forest land has shrunk the habitat of wild animals forcing them to come out of their territory. A poor animal has lost its life due to the human misdemeanor, a local teacher said. Its the greed of the man coupled with official apathy that animals venture into territories that belongs to them. A bloody conflict is all but inevitable.
Naib Tehsildar Shopian, Abdul Rashid, said that a bear appeared in Kathuhalan village and attacked three persons and later took shelter in a cow-shed. A team along with a police party led by Tehsildar Shopian Shakeel Ahmed rushed to spot and shot dead the wild bear while it tried to attack a cow, he said.
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