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Farooq Kumar: A man who feeds wild bears by hand

Jahangeer Ganaie

Anantnag, Jan 13: Without a spiritually-oriented approach to nature conservation and habitat preservation, the human species will continue to put both agricultural land as well as forest land under pressure.

Due to human interference, wild animals are forced to leave their homes and roam in residential areas resulting in man-animal conflict.

A man from Pahalgam who is working with Wildlife SOS, an international NGO which campaigns against animal abuse, has been taking care of wild animals at Pahalgam for the last two decades.

Farooq Ahmad Kumar, a resident of Laripora Pahalgam, while talking with news agency—KNO, said that it was Darminder, a non -local who trained him how to feed wild animals.

“Since 2012, I have been feeding two black bears who were brought from Shikargah Tral when they were of 2 months. I have been feeding more bears and other wild animals with my own hands but they have never harmed me,” Kumar said. “I have taken care of these bears like my own children. I have feed them milk, honey, dates when they were of only two months.”

Kumar said at present he feeds them around 3 Kg milk every morning and in the evening he feeds them with honey, dates and other things.

“I have learned one thing that if forests will be abundant, ecologically sound and self-sufficient, the movement of wildlife inside the protected areas/forests in search of food would never extend to residential areas,” he said.

“However, the alarming rise in human population has put immense pressure on forest wealth, leading gradually to large swathes of the forest being converted into agriculture fields and industries which forces animals to move towards residential areas in search of food,” he said, adding that such animals also come as easy prey for poachers or become roadkill.

Kumar requested people not to harm wild animals and one won’t find any incident of man-animal conflict anywhere.

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Cop shot dead at Saidapora Eidgah

Sheikh Danish

(Asian News Hub) – Unknown gunmen on Thursday evening shot dead a policeman in Saidapora area of Eidgah Srinagar.

Official sources said that a policeman identified as Javeed Ahmad Kambey, son of Ghulam Muhammad Kambey of Saidapora was shot at by unknown militants near his residence.

They said that Khandey after receiving fire injury in the neck was immediately shifted to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Official sources said that the injured cop later succumbed to his injuries on way to the hospital.


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Woman injured in hit-and-run accident near Noora Hospital Sgr

(Asian News Hub) – A woman was critically injured after she was hit by an unknown vehicle on National highway near Noora Hospital in HMT on the outskirts of Srinagar on Thursday evening.

Official sources said that 48-year-old woman identified as Muneera resident of Tangmarg was hit by the unknown vehicle near Noora Hospital HMT, leaving her severely injured.

They said that the woman was shifted to a nearby hospital where from she was referred to SKIMS Soura in critical condition.

Meanwhile, Police have registered a case in this regard and investigation has been taken up.


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Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar visits Bandipora’s Tulail

(Asian News Hub) – Famous Bollywood actor Akshay Kumar on Thursday visited remote Tulail along the Line of Control in Gurez valley of North Kashmir’s Bandipora district.

Sources said that the actor reached Neeru village of Tulail via helicopter at around 12 noon today.

They said that he is scheduled to interact with Army and BSF jawans at Neeru village.


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