September 8, Thimphu: Wildlife Rescue officials, upon receiving information from Paro Forest Division has rescued and released a full grown Himalayan Black bear, on September 5, 2016, from Dawakha, above Dobji Dzong in Paro.
Paro forest division was reported by one Ap Phuntsho about the bear trapped in a snare by the edge of the field. The division officials relayed the information to the wildlife rescue officials at Taba. According, they rushed to the site with the tranquilizers and paraphernalia.
A rescue official, Tsecho Tshering said that upon investigation, they found that the male bear was caught in a cable in the right forelimb. “It was struggling to set free,” he said. The team tranquilized the bear with the dart and removed the cable. “Except for small laceration, the bear had not sustained any major injury,” said Tsencho.
However, he said that the bear seems to have been caught in the snare before from the laceration mark they found in its abdomen. “We treated the bear applying an ointment and was released safely back to the forest.”
An omnivorous species, Himalayan Black bear are said to feed on just about anything. However, they are known to primarily feed on acorns, nuts, fruit, honey, roots and insects. With the fruiting season at its peak, the crops and fruit trees are supposedly attracting bears in the farmers’ field which is why increasing incidents of bear getting caught in the snare are being reported.
Reported by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS
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