A bear is set alight by villagers in the Shopian district of Kashmir after desperately climbing a tree to seek refuge. Photo: SCMP Pictures

New Delhi conference weighs plight of India's bears at hands of villagers

In the struggle for the bare necessities of life, Indian villagers find themselves pitted against bears, and sometimes, out of fury at their crops being ruined, stone them or try to set them alight, bear conservationists told a week-long New Delhi conference on the animals.

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