Black bear ‘poisoned’ to death in Bandipora

Black bear ‘poisoned’ to death in Bandipora
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Bandipora: A black bear was apparently poisoned to death in Panar forest area of northern Kashmir’s Bandipora district On Tuesday, officials said.
The bear, aged around six to seven years, was found dead in the dense forests of the upper Panar area on Tuesday morning after which wildlife teams along with police and veterinary officials rushed to the spot to examine the cause of the death, a field wildlife official, Nazir Ahmad said to Kashmir Reader.
The cause of death of the bear, initially, according to Divisional Forest Officer was attributed to “falling from the steep slope,” but after investigation, it is being attributed to poisoning.
“Preliminary investigation suggested that the bear was poisoned to death as the body had swelled,” Ghulam Geelani, the wildlife official in the team said. A post-mortem report is, however, still awaited.
He said that locals living downhill, who have fruit and crop almost ripe in the fields, may have poisoned the bear to avert damage to their orchards.
The police have also taken up the Investigation and collected photographs of the dead bear, he said.
After the postmortem, the body of the bear was buried in the same forest, the wildlife official said.