Mangan, July 11:
The villagers of Nom Panang village are facing the risk of bear attacks, for these wild animals have been damaging the standing crops, while today two goats which belonged to Tashi Namgyal Lepcha have fallen prey to the bear while grazing.
The villagers complained that they had informed the matter to the Forest Department but no action has been initiated till date.
“We have even given in written to the Range Officer Forest Dzongu, TW Lachungpa but there is no response from the Department till date”, informed Sonam Wangchuk Lepcha while speaking to the media.
There are 32 households in Nom Panang village which falls under Saffo- Passingdang GPU of Upper Dzongu, North Sikkim. The villagers also informed that the maize for this year’s season which was nearing for harvest have totally been damaged by the bears.
Now the villagers are also facing a risk to go in collection of fodders and firewood. The residents have appealed to the Forest Environment and Wildlife Management Department to take the immediate action in order to stop the further damages of crops and for protection human life before it’s too late.