Reyaz Rashid

Eight cattle killed in bear attack in Boniyar

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Baramulla: Eight cattle including five cows, two oxen and a goat were mauled to death by a black bear at Babgailan Limber village of Boniyar Uri in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district village on Sunday night.

Locals said that a black bear barged into the cowshed of Naik Alam Kasana at Babgailan Limber on Sunday night and attacked the domestic animals in which eight cattle including five cows, two oxen and a goat were mauled to death by a black bear.

The family sources said that they heard a noise in their cowshed, when they reached near the cowshed a black bear jumped out from the window and ran towards the nearby forests, however, eight cattle were found dead while several others were injured.

The locals said that this is not the first episode in the village, from the past several months, black bears are roaming in the village during night hours due to which fear has spread among the local residents of the area.

“We have asked the department of wildlife several times to curb the movement of wild beasts in civilian areas but they are not paying any attention,” they said.

“The day is not very far when wild beasts will kill any civilian in the area,” they added.

Range Officer Baramulla, Altaf Kaul, said that a team of officials has been sent to the area to check the situation and the department will install a cage in the area to catch the beast.

“It is unfortunate that the poor farmer lost his livestock in the wild animal attack. We have prepared a compensation case which will be forwarded to Wildlife warden north Kashmir,” he added.

They said that two black bears were already captured in the area including a cub.

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