Ganderbal: Two endangered Himalayan brown bears were sighted in Dumail area of Baltal near Amarnath cave shrine on Friday.
According to sources, a female brown bear along with a cub were sighted at Dumail area of Baltal near Amarnath cave shrine.
A wildlife official told Greater Kashmir that they expected that more animals were active in the area. “The population of brown bear is declining all over and sightings are rare elsewhere. But in Jammu and Kashmir these animals have been spotted in Hirpora (Shopian) and Poonch.
However, at all these places only a single animal or a female with one cub has been spotted,” he added.
Pertinently the brown bears are usually found in Drass area of Kargil district in Ladakh.
“Brown bear usually hibernate and go for aestivation to avoid harsh environmental and climatic conditions. The new sighting has given more hope as it is a good beginning,” a wildlife official said.