Minor boy killed in leopard attack

FARZANA SYED. Dated: 6/8/2018 10:41:20 AM

SRINAGAR, Jun 7: In yet another fatal incident of human animal conflict a minor boy was killed in a leopard attack in Badgam district of central Kashmir.
According to the police sources, a four-year old boy, identified as Amir, was mauled to death when a leopard attacked him in the compound of his house in Khag village of Badgam area on Wednesday night.
The officials said that boy was rushed to hospital where he was declared brought dead.
The incident has come barely three weeks after two deaths were reported in the state in the month of May this year.
While the incidents of human-animal conflict in Jammu and Kashmir have gone unabated, nearly half a dozen deaths have been reported since the beginning of this year only as the incidents reach an alarming level.
On May 15 this year, a minor boy was mauled to death by a leopard in Galutti area of Rajouri district of Jammu Kashmir.
According to police sources a four-year old boy Mohammad Usman, was attacked by a leopard outside his house. The severely injured boy later succumbed to his injuries in the hospital.
The incident had surfaced just 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.
Near about 6 incidents of man-animal conflict were reported in the month of May only 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.
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 the data available with the regional wildlife department, at least a dozen persons were killed in various incidents of man-animal conflict in J&K state during 2016 and 2017 while the authorities reiterate their blame on unprecedented deforestation in the state.
"The wildlife department is making all efforts towards minimising deadly incidents, however as wild animals plunge into the residential areas near forests, such encounters are going up," an official at regional wildlife department said.
The officials revealed that the incidents of man animal conflict included leopard and bear attacks that have left hundreds dead and thousands injured across the state of Jammu and Kashmir during past many 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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