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In Pictures: Kashmir's other conflict
Man-animal conflict is on the rise in the Indian-administered region with losses on both sides.
Last updated: 11 Apr 2014 08:39
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The northern Indian city of Meerut has been in the news recently with a prowling leopard from a nearby forest triggering panic among its residents.

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The authorities deployed hunters to track down the cat, but the search yielded no result with the leopard remaining elusive.

But Meerut isn't alone in living in fear. Man-animal conflict is on the rise in many parts of the country, including Indian-administered Kashmir.

Every year, about 35 people are killed and hundreds injured in attacks by wild animals in the region.

There have been cases of unsuspecting children being dragged away to their death by the animals.

Locals have responded by attacking animals that stray into human habitations. 

Loss of forest cover is worsening the crisis and increasingly pitting man against animal. In the past few decades, some 40 percent of the area classified as "thick forests" have degraded into open forests.

As man and animal cross paths frequently, the consequences are often deadly, and invariably bloody, as photographer Abid Bhat finds out.


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Mehraj-u-Din Peer (35) of Rafiabad in Baramulla was disfigured after being brutally mauled by a Himalayan Black Bear in May 2005 while he was working in his field



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Ali Muhammad Sofi (42) of Dara, Srinagar, was attacked by a bear in September 1997 while he was on way to offer Friday prayers. He spent six months in a hospital



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Vanishing habitats are forcing wild animals to come into contact with human beings



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Gulzar Ahmad Bhat (40) of Dara, in the outskirts of Srinagar, was attacked by a bear in 2011 while he was working in his garden



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Trained dogs are being used as alarms by villagers living near forests. Residents are alerted of wild animals in the vicinity by the barking dogs



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Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir displaying his picture prior to being attacked by animals. Khan was brutally mauled by Himalayan two Black Bears in July 2013


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A black bear was tranquilised by forest officials after it strayed into a village



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Victims carry the scars of animal attacks life-long. Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla , tries to mask his wounds.



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Zamrooda (32) of Kreeri, Baramulla, was attacked by a leopard outside her kitchen in 2009. She survived but carries marks of the attack on her body still.




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Mehraj-u-Din Peer (35) of Rafiabad in Baramulla was disfigured after being brutally mauled by a Himalayan Black Bear in May 2005 while he was working in his field

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Ali Muhammad Sofi (42) of Dara, Srinagar, was attacked by a bear in September 1997 while he was on way to offer Friday prayers. He spent six months in a hospital

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Vanishing habitats are forcing wild animals to come into contact with human beings

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Gulzar Ahmad Bhat (40) of Dara, in the outskirts of Srinagar, was attacked by a bear in 2011 while he was working in his garden

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Trained dogs are being used as alarms by villagers living near forests. Residents are alerted of wild animals in the vicinity by the barking dogs

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A black bear was tranquilised by forest officials after it strayed into a village

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Victims carry the scars of animal attacks life-long. Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla , tries to mask his wounds.

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Zamrooda (32) of Kreeri, Baramulla, was attacked by a leopard outside her kitchen in 2009. She survived but carries marks of the attack on her body still.

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Mehraj-u-Din Peer (35) of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir displays his picture prior to being attacked by wild animals. He was brutally mauled by Himalayan Black Bear in May 2005 while he was working in his field

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Mehraj-u-Din Peer (35) of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir displays his picture prior to being attacked by wild animals. He was brutally mauled by Himalayan Black Bear in May 2005 while he was working in his field

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Ali Muhammad Sofi (42) of Dara, Srinagar was brutally mauled by Himalayan Black Bear in September 1997 while he was on way to offer Friday prayers. He was in hospital for six months

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Ali Muhammad Sofi (42) of Dara, Srinagar was brutally mauled by Himalayan Black Bear in September 1997 while he was on way to offer Friday prayers. He was in hospital for six months

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A leopard walks inside its enclosure in Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Srinagar

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A leopard walks inside its enclosure in Dachigam Wildlife Sanctuary on the outskirts of Srinagar

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Gulzar Ahmad Bhat (40) of Dara, in outskirts of Srinagar was brutally mauled by Himalayan Black Bear in Nov 2011. He was busy in his garden when attacked by Black Bear

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Gulzar Ahmad Bhat (40) of Dara, in outskirts of Srinagar was brutally mauled by Himalayan Black Bear in Nov 2011. He was busy in his garden when attacked by Black Bear

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Villagers who live near the forests have tamed dogs as alarms for coming wild animals

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Villagers who live near the forests have tamed dogs as alarms for coming wild animals

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Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir displaying his picture prior to being attacked by animals. Khan was brutally mauled by Himalayan two Black Bears in July 2013

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Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir displaying his picture prior to being attacked by animals. Khan was brutally mauled by Himalayan two Black Bears in July 2013

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An Black Bear lying with a tree in outskirts of Srinagar. The men of wildlife department fired tranquilizer at the animal to trap it and push it back to forest

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An Black Bear lying with a tree in outskirts of Srinagar. The men of wildlife department fired tranquilizer at the animal to trap it and push it back to forest

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Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir tying mask around his face. He was brutally mauled by two Himalayan Black Bears on July 2013. He was working in his field when attacked by Black bears

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Mohammad Lateef Khan of Rafiabad, Baramulla north Kashmir tying mask around his face. He was brutally mauled by two Himalayan Black Bears on July 2013. He was working in his field when attacked by Black bears

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Zamrooda (32) of Kreeri, Baramulla north Kashmir fought bravely with Himalayan Leopard, who attacked her outside her kitchen in April 2009. She survived the attack but sustained many injuries in her body

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Zamrooda (32) of Kreeri, Baramulla north Kashmir fought bravely with Himalayan Leopard, who attacked her outside her kitchen in April 2009. She survived the attack but sustained many injuries in her body



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