J&K Shocker: Bear mauls elderly man to death

An Asiatic black bear mauls local villager Makhan Khan, who was with a group of men hunting the bear, near the village of Gasoo on the outskirts of Srinagar November 14, 2007. Khan suffered multiple injuries in the attack. The number of the endangered bears in Indian Kashmir has jumped between 30 and 60 percent as a separatist revolt that killed thousands of people since 1989 has scared off poachers, wildlife officials said. REUTERS/Danish Ismail (INDIAN-ADMINISTERED KASHMIR) - RTXCE9

Srinagar: A 75-year-old man was mauled to death on Saturday by a bear in north Kashmir’s Bandipora district, police said.

Police said Nazir Ahmad Chauhan was attacked by the wild animal in Chichinar village, injuring him critically. He later succumbed to injuries in a hospital.

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The human-animal conflict has been on the increase in Kashmir for the last decade due to shrinking of natural habitats of wild animals.