Srinagar, Aug 5: A wild bear was captured on Thursday in Shopian after it attacked and injured a man and a wildlife department shooter.
Locals from the Chetterwach and Kadgam area of Imamsahib belt in South Kashmir’s Shopian district said that on Thursday morning Nazir Ahmad Sheikh of Chetterwach was attacked and injured by a bear while he was in orchards.
Locals said that soon after the incident the injured person was shifted to district hospital while the wildlife department was called in to capture the animal.
Officials of the wildlife department said that once they reached the spot a large public had assembled there.
“As we were moving closer to the animal, people were making noise by hooting due to which the bear became violent. Despite repeated requests to the public, they didn’t cooperate and the bear attacked one of our shooters, injuring him critically,” officials said.
Shooter identified as Irfan Ahmad, was shifted to district hospital Shopian from where he was referred to SMHS Srinagar for advanced treatment.
Wildlife control room in charge for Pulwama and Shopian, Mudasir Ahmad said that after hectic efforts a bear weighing around 200 KG was captured, but unfortunately one of the employees got injured.
“I appeal to people that during such incidents please stay indoors and let concerned departments deal with the wild animals,” he said.