BASHARAT RASHID/ Kashmir Observer
Tral, Aug 09: The bears have wreaked havoc in Khangund area of Aripal in Tral sub division with attacks to humans and damaging the orchards and crops since few days.
The locals while talking to Kashmir Observer said that people in Khanagund area and many adjoining villages have been facing threat to life and property by the presence of these bears.
The locals added that the bears have also damaged crops and orchards in Khanagund, Sofigund, Dar Ganiegund , and Aripal areas of Tral sub division and have confined the masses in the houses.
The residents accused the Wildlife Department of ignoring the presence of bears in the area despite back to back requests from them.
“We apprised the authorities many times about the life threats faced by the people due to presence of bears, but they turned deaf ears,” the locals said and urged the higher officials of the Department to take immediate action in this regard.
When contacted concerned Range Officer Aripal Zone , Mr Iqbal Khursheed , he denied the allegations of ignoring the presence of bears in the area and said that “Soon after the information about the presence of wild bears and their attacks in the area , Our team has already launched the operation there to capture these bears”.
“There is no need to be panic and people should cooperate with the department to chase away or capture these wild bears” he said.