Bear-inflicted injuries - a report from Nepal

Alok Atreya, Tanuj Kanchan, Samata Nepal, Jenash Acharya

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Abstract

Upper Mustang in the Northern Himalayan range of Nepal is the home of brown bears (Ursusarctos). Low-plant biomass as a result of scanty rainfall in Upper Mustang is a reason for habitat overlap of humans and wild animals. Humans who enter into the wild to collect firewood and graze cattle are liable to wild animal attacks. Such attacks, especially by brown bears, are readily identified by the type of injuries. These are more commonly confined to head and neck regions. Cutting, gnawing and tearing by sharp teeth and claws produces specific pattern of injuries, which are devastating but seldom fatal. This article reports a rare case of brown bear injury inflicted upon a man from the Upper Mustang region in Nepal.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-96
Number of pages3
JournalThe Medico-legal journal
Volume84
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 01-06-2016
Externally publishedYes

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Atreya, A., Kanchan, T., Nepal, S., & Acharya, J. (2016). Bear-inflicted injuries - a report from Nepal. The Medico-legal journal, 84(2), 94-96. https://doi.org/10.1177/0025817216630479