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  What is the Man-Animal Conflict in Kashmir?

  Encounters between humans and large carnivores like leopards and bears have been dubbed 'the Man-Animal conflict' by the press.

 

Kashmir is in the throes of unchecked urbanization primarily by way of encroachment upon Kashmir's forests and wetlands. Cutting down of forests and filling-in wetlands to raise suburban colonies is leading to dwindling wildlife habitats.

Wildlife corridors that allow seasonal movement of wildlife are also being cut-off by roads, railway tracks, border fencing etc., effectively trapping wild animals in ever-shrinking habitats.
 

Kashmir Leopard

The Man-Animal conflict


 

Scientific classification Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Subphylum: Vertebrata
Class: Mammalia
Order: Carnivora
Family: Felidae
Genus: Panthera
Species: P. pardus
Binomial name:
Panthera pardus

In the case of large carnivores like bears and leopards, these factors have significantly raised the risks of fatal attacks on humans. In retaliation, humans have resorted to extreme measures like burning and stoning to death bears and leopards.

These encounters between two ferocious groups of predators - humans and large carnivores, have been dubbed 'the Man-Animal conflict' by the press.

 

 

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