SRINAGAR: A string of bear attacks in Qazigund, Anantnag, and its adjoining areas has forced residents of the area to stay indoors, with locals saying that the ongoing uprising is making it difficult for the wildlife officials to tackle the problem effectively.
A resident, Manzoor Ahmad Sheikh of Kuchpora, was mauled recently by the bear, taking the number of attacks happening in the past one month to five.
Attacks happened in Tangloo, Kuther Check, Cheke Badwani areas in the last month, while bears have also been seen wandering in orchards in Khan Abad Sayaloo.
The locals said the bears often appear in the residential areas, damaging the fruit crop in the area.
They, however, said the Wildlife Department has been unable to catch them, as its officials cannot find time for the task amidst the ongoing uprising in Kashmir.
Zulfkar Ali, a local, said the department has set up traps at places that bears do not frequent.
“The traps exist closer to the orchards, but the bears are now attacking the humans. The traps, therefore, need to be relocated,” he said, blaming the ripening of the fruits for the enhanced presence of bears in the area.
Due to the ongoing uprising, the experts from the department have been unable to visit the area, the locals said.
The job of acting against bears has been left to employees who first set traps at unfrequented places and later withdrew them for use elsewhere, they added.