Predators Force Mass Migration In Anantnag Villages
1 March 2005
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: All the one hundred families of Sarpalan and Dungiwari villages in Dooru area of Anantnag district have deserted their homes and migrated to Manzmooh village due to the fear of predators in the last two days. Informed sources told the Excelsior that in the wake of heavy snowfall last fortnight, scores of predators have come down to the foothills. About 20 leopards and black bears have occupied Sarpalan and Dungiwari villages, about 8 Km from the national highway in Dooru area. As the human movement came to a halt and the residents feared that the hungry predators would kill them to eat, they found no option but to migrate to a safer village. Reports from different snowbound localities in south and north Kashmir said that hundreds of leopards, bears and other species of wildlife have already died. Others are quickly shifting to the foothill villages, causing concern to the humans. No reports of the predators attacking the human beings have been received till date from south Kashmir. However, over a dozen of such attacks have been reported from Kupwara district of north Kashmir in February. Meanwhile, 30 families of Thamkoot village in Kapran area of Dooru today migrated to Koot village after they noticed almost all residential houses caving in under severe erosion of the soil.