Amidst increasing incidence of man-animal conflict that has already claimed scores of human lives in the Kashmir Valley, India, animal people accused a group of angry residents of trying to set afire a bear that strayed into their village.
Though the animal survived the “attack” uninjured and reportedly fled back into nearby woods, the incident has caused the animal people no small amount of consternation and hand-wringing.
The incident came to light when a video was placed on YouTube showing the bear trying to climb a tree as a crowd gathered around it.
The villagers tied a burning cloth to a pole and raised it toward the bear in what looked like an attempt to set it on fire.
The villagers as well as forest officials insist no attempt was made to torch the bear.
According to the forest minister, no attempt was made by the residents to kill the animal. “They only tried to scare him away. The bear ran into the forest without being harmed,” he said.
Source: The Asian Age
(Warning: Contains flaming animal-people rhetoric.)