Himalayan brown bear attacks houses, school in Kargil

A building which was attacked by Himalayan brown bear in a Kargil village. —Excelsior/Basharat Ladakhi
A building which was attacked by Himalayan brown bear in a Kargil village. —Excelsior/Basharat Ladakhi

Excelsior Correspondent

KARGIL, July 30: The human -wildlife conflict has become a serious concern in Kargil district of Ladakh region where various encounters between Himalayan brown bear have been reported from time to time.
For the last 15 days the villagers of Tringochey Tangole are scared of the bear making its presence in the village during the night hours after 11 pm and has created fear psychosis among the residents in the area.
The bear also entered the houses and the Government Primary School Tringochey Tangole and has now become a threat to human life in the village.
The villagers requested the administration and Wildlife Warden, Kargil to take appropriate steps in catching the wild animal so that no catastrophe takes place in the village where people are totally sacred.
While talking to this correspondent Wild Life Warden, Kargil, Raza Ali said that three Forest Protection Force workers and two Wildlife Office Staff are performing duties in the area and fire crackers have been also provided to the Sarpanches of Achambur and Tangole Gongma.
He further said that their survey team consisting of 15 individuals both volunteers and staff are in the area surveying from Panikhar to Rangdum and collecting data on brown bear.
Apart from that “we have received livestock depredation case from Achambur village which is being processed and No livestock depredation cases have been received from Tringochey”, he added.
Confirming the attack on school, Raza Ali said that in recent times schools are being attacked by bears due to easy availability of mid day meal rations but unfortunately they don’t have provisions for any compensation.
It’s pertinent to mention here that lack of field staff is a major concern with Wildlife Department in Kargil which has only three permanent field staff and lack of rescue centre is another major concern.
Recently Government has announced divisional status for Ladakh and the Chief Wildlife Conservator office in Kargil and people are requesting the Governor administration to expedite the process and open the office on priority basis so that the problem of human wildlife conflict can be addressed.


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