Seven injured in bear attack

July 11th, 2008 - 12:33 pm ICT by IANS  

Bhubaneswar, July 11 (IANS) At least seven people, including an administration official, sustained injuries after a wild bear attacked them in Orissa’s Nuapada district, an official said Friday. The bear attacked six villagers in Hatisara village located within Sunabeda wild life sanctuary, some 600 km from here, Thursday. Three of those attacked were injured critically, said S. Rehman, assistant conservator of forest.

The bear also attacked the district sub-collector Dhrubaraj Pandey, who had gone to the village after receiving reports about the bear attack.

Three critically injured people were taken to Veer Surendra Sai Medical college at Burla in Sambalpur district while the rest are undergoing treatment at another hospital.

Spread over an area of 600 sq km, the Sunabeda sanctuary is home to tigers, leopards, hyena, barking deer, cheetal, gaur, sambar, sloth bear, hill myna, pea fowl, partridge and a number of reptilian species.

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