A 45-year-old farmer was killed in an attack by a wild bear in Gajraula area of Pilibhit on Monday morning.
Meghnath Singh, a farmer of Natha village in Gajraula block, was attacked by the animal around 7am when he was working in his field, Pilibhit divisional forest officer Kailash Prakash said.
He was taken to the hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries, the officer added.
Meghnath was reportedly spraying fertiliser in his paddy field when a “wild black bear” attacked him from behind. The bear injured the farmer with his nails before other farmers could scare the beast away.
The farmers took him to the primary health clinic of the block, from where he was transferred to the district hospital.
“The patient had severe injuries on his abdomen, lower limbs and his thoracic cage was also punctured. He lost a substantial amount of blood,” said Dr Om Prakash Singh, chief medical officer of Pilibhit.
“Doctors at the hospital tried to revive him, but his condition deteriorated leading to his death around 1 pm,” he said.
Following the incident, forest officials of the district started combing the area to trace and scare the bear away from human settlements.
“The animal must have strayed in order to change his territory. Our team is trying to locate him. Once traced, he will be guided back to the forest,” said Prakash.
Local MLA Peetam Ram met the family members of the farmer at the district hospital and assured them of financial support from the government.