Jahangir Lolabi

Kupwara: A 39-year-old woman was critically injured after being attacked by a black bear in Lolab area in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district this afternoon.

Reports reaching GNS said that one Shaheena Begum wife of Abdul Ahad Shah, a resident of Gangbugh Lolab was attacked by a black bear while she was busy working in her kitchen garden. The woman sustained grievous injuries in the incident and was immediately evacuated to SDH Sogam for treatment.

A group of locals in the meantime rued the lackadaisical approach of Wildlife Department officials. “There are two black bears roaming in human habitation for almost a week now and despite informing the Wildlife Department officials about this, no action has been taken so far”, they told GNS.

“There is every apprehension that the presence of the bears may cost us precious lives if not neutralized timely”, they said adding “We again reiterate the authorities concerned to look into the matter to allay the terror created by the wild animal.” (GNS)