Anantnag: Amid increasing loss of habitat for wild animals, the wildlife department on Friday said it has captured at least seven black bears, native to Kashmir, in the last ten days.
DFO wildlife division Anantnag Rouf Zargar told a local news agency that around seven bears were captured and shifted to wildlife sanctuaries in the area in the last ten days alone.
The department captured a seventh bear on Friday in the Imooh hamlet in the Verinag area of south Kashmir's Anantnag district. The animal was then shifted to a nearby wildlife sanctuary, officials said.
In the last one week, black bears have been captured in the Achabal and Akingam areas of the district. On Thursday a bear was captured in Alhal Devsar area of Kulgam which was later released in the Sedow forest area.
Local residents said despite the captures, there were several more bears wandering in areas that have now been converted into residential colonies by humans.
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