Video By: Basharat Amin | Article By: Nusrat Ali
Over the past few years, there has been increase in incidents related to the man-animal conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. In the last three years, official figures reveal that around 60 people were killed and around 600 injured in man-animal conflict.
Mass urbanization, denudation of forests, encroachment of forestland, vanishing of buffer zones in the forests are some of the reasons responsible for increasing conflicts between humans and animals.
Government records show that around 10 people lost their lives and 194 have been injured in Pulwama and Shopian districts alone in the last seven years.
On 15 September 2018, Umer Ahmad, a 23 year old was attacked and injured by a bear in Lethpora Pulwama. The teenager was in his orchard when a bear attacked and injured him.
Several villages of Pulwama and Shopian district have been vulnerable to attacks from wild animals. They have appealed the government several times to ensure their safety.