WILDLIFE: Bison injures one, kills cow – territorial animals expanding territory ?!!
FROM THE TELEGRAPH CORRESPONDENT
Cooch Behar, July 27: A 40-year-old man suffered a fractured hip bone when a bison that had strayed into a Mathabhanga village this morning struck him from behind, three months after two persons were gored by two animals in a similar attack in a nearby hamlet.
Dulal Barman, 40, a resident of Bhogmara, was attacked by the animal around 6am. Police said Barman was sent to the health centre at Nishiganj from where he was referred to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri.
The bison also killed a cow in the same village that falls under forest minister Ananta Roy’s Mathabhanga constituency.
In April, two bison had strayed out of Patlakhaoa and had run amok in Putimari, 1km from Bhogmara, goring two persons before being driven back into the forest.
The additional divisional forest officer of Cooch Behar, Amitava Chatterjee, said the bison might have strayed into Bhogmara either from the Patlakhaoa forest or Jaldapara Wildlife Sanctuary, both 15km away.
“We are not sure from which forest the bison had come. However, as soon as we got the information, a tranquillising team was brought in from Jaldapara. Around 10.30am, the bison was successfully darted and immobilised before it was released in Jaldapara,” Chatterjee said.
The animal has created panic among villagers as similar incidents have been recurring in the area.
“Last October, two bison had strayed into the Ghoksadanga area and had killed two persons and injured many others. Similar incidents have also taken place. The forest department, especially the forest minister who is from this district, should look into the matter,” said Anil Barman, a resident of Bhogmara.
Forest department sources said according to existing rules, the cost of the treatment of any person injured by a wild animal would be borne by the department.