Two shepherds and four cattle were injured when a bear attacked them in Kaghan Valley on Wednesday. The injured were shifted to Balakot Hospital where they were said to be out of danger.
Local government councillor Sardar Waliur Rehman said Muhammad Bashir, a resident of Bhageer village, was grazing his goats and oxen in the forests of Patlang when a grey bear attacked him from behind. The animal allegedly injured him in his head, arms and chest.
While talking to The Express Tribune, Bashir said he cried for help when the animal attacked him.
Another shepherd, Muhammad Israeel, also from Bhageer village, came to his rescue, and tried to scare the animal away. However, the bear attacked and injured him as well. Both were then rushed to Balakot Hospital, where they received treatment and are said to be in stable condition.
Four of Bashir’s farm animals were also injured.
Rehman said locals have experienced frequent bear attacks in the last two days.
Kaghan Valley has a number of grey and black bears who usually make their way down to populated areas during winter or if they are searching for food.
These bears often end up attacking villagers and cattle, he said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2015.