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Incidents with wild cats in Jammu and KashmirSEXI News

Incidents with wild cats in Jammu and Kashmir

On Thursday evening, when the lights had dimmed, little Ali was calling his father, Abbas Hussain, to him. Behak – A temporary shelter that shepherds build close to mountain meadows where their sheep graze in the summer.

Hussain was a few meters ahead of Ali when he heard the rustle of leaves and a faint glimpse of a wild animal jumping into a thicket from the periphery of his vision. He looked around but his seven-year-old was gone; Lost in a vast forest.

An hour later, hundreds of villagers, policemen, wildlife enthusiasts and experts found Ali’s badly eaten body inside the forests from where he was walking with his father.

“His neck was severed and he had a deep bruise on his face. I couldn’t see any more.. The animal had mutilated his body,” Hussain told News18 from his Dhani Sadiyan village in Uri. He was crying and it seemed that the people around him were comforting him.

“I am broken. Please don’t ask me how the wild animal picked him up and killed him,” the distraught father of five children broke down.

Ali was the second victim of a leopard or leopard attack in the past one week. 6-year-old Munija was sitting in her house in the evening of September 17 Behak With family members at Jabadar, Bijihama village in Uri.

She got up and headed towards an open area but within seconds the man-eater picked her up. Like Ali, his tiny body was found in the jungles, leaving the village frightened, angry and in shock.

For Uri residents, it was deja vu.

The feral cat went crazy earlier in June when three children were killed in similar violent attacks in a matter of days. The administration later went on the hunt and claimed to have killed the man-eater. Officials claimed that the postmortem revealed that it was the same animal that killed the children in June.

victim family

In June, 8-year-old Rutba Manzoor of Boniyar was killed by an animal when she could barely leave her house. His relatives blocked the Srinagar-Uri highway and alleged that the wildlife department was doing nothing to protect the residents from animal attacks.

Attacks increase when residents move upstairs to graze their livestock on fresh grass blades.

Before the status, 15-year-old Munir Ahmed of Kalsan and 13-year-old Shahid of Trikanjan of Boniyar were similarly put to death.

Expressing his inability to protect every resident especially those living in Uri Heights, Maqbool Baba, Wildlife Warden, Baramulla, said that his staff is making villagers aware not to go into the jungles alone with children or during evening hours. Because the animals are active at that time.

“We have condemned the villagers about the leopard menace, but they do not stay indoors. Our men cannot be present in all villages and all the time.”

Near the affected villages, which are three kilometers away, Baba has sent three teams with tranquilizer guns and a cage to capture the wild cat. He has written a letter to the higher authorities seeking permission to shoot the man eater. According to the Wildlife Act, an animal that becomes a man-eater can be killed after taking written permission from the highest authority.

He said, ‘Let the permission come, we will act accordingly but now men will try to implicate it.

When the three children were killed by a leopard in June, they shot them, he said. “But it looks like a new discovery is on,” he said.

According to him, the leopard’s postmortem confirmed that it was old and could not hunt and chose to attack young children as they are easy to attack and carry.

“The leopard that killed Ali and Muniza will be caught in a few days,” he said.

Specialists in tranquilizer guns, more than 30 men including wildlife, jungle, police, army and locals are looking for the animal.

a long struggle

In Kashmir, incidents of human-animal conflict are regular and casualties have been rising for the past 15 years. Bears and leopards, evenly distributed in the valley and the Chenab and Pir Panjal areas, regularly attack the residents and are in turn fatally devoured.

Officials recording the data say that in the last 15 years, 240 people have lost their lives, while more than 2,900 have been injured in human-animal conflict in Jammu and Kashmir. Eighteen people were killed and 134 were injured in 2006-07. In the last four years alone, 32 persons were killed and 498 were injured.

In the past year alone, 50 animals – 21 bears and leopards – have been killed in retaliatory attacks by humans. A leopard that had turned man-eater was killed by the wildlife department in Uri this year.

Residents of Kashmir regularly spot Himalayan black bears and leopards not only in forests but also in colonies growing next to forests.

Recently a bear and a cub were spotted roaming in the main city of Jawahar Nagar and were trapped after two days by the personnel of the Wildlife Department.

In many new colonies built next to forests and secluded areas, cases of leopards carrying domesticated animals, poultry, sheep and goats and bears to fruit and beehives are plentiful.

Kashmir’s regional wildlife warden Rashik Naqash had earlier told News18 that the number of bears and leopards has increased significantly in the past few years. “Since they have ample and safe places to breed, their population has increased greatly. This is an unnatural increase,” he admitted.

Satellite images have shown that now there is no open space between forests and orchards and animals roam there without any investigation. “If you compare the photos taken 50 years ago with today’s photos, you will see that there have been massive settlements next to the forests and there is no buffer between the forest and the orchards in what was once open space. And There is no safe corridor for wild animals to come and go,” he said.

“In fact, they merge in many places. You really can’t tell which is which. Gardens end in forests. No one can rule out encroachment,” said an official refusing to come on record.

Nakash attributes the high incidence of animal attacks to the shrinking of wildlife habitat. “Due to the promotion of horticulture in the last 40 years, people have grown orchards on a large scale near the forest areas. As a result, bears, in particular, get attracted towards the fruit and come into conflict with the man,” he said.

He said poor waste management and uncontrolled dog populations – considered the favorite food of feral cats – are linked to increased leopard attacks in cities and towns. In addition, important poultry and sheep rearing units near the houses also attract wild animals.

And when animals come into contact with humans, conflict is an automatic consequence.

‘Which is the big animal?’

Videos of violent mobs lathi-charging wild animals and throwing stones regularly surface on social media. One such video where a bear pulled down a tall tree in South Kashmir and was killed by a mob raised a question on micro-blogging sites, ‘Who is the big animal’.

Meanwhile, the families of three children killed earlier this year say they have not been compensated so far.

Rutba’s parents Manzoor Ahmed Bhat said that they have been waiting for relief for the last three months. “I was asked to prepare the documents, but nothing has happened so far. I will move a tribunal soon,” he said, feeling hurt.

Wildlife Department gives Rs. An ex-gratia of Rs.3 lakh in case of death of any person in an animal attack and between Rs. 15,000 to Rs. 3 lakh depending on the severity of the injuries.

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