August 18, 2015, Thimphu: Officials from Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Center at Taba rescued a male Himalayan Black Bear, weighing 116 kgs, earlier this month. The animal was brought to the rehabilitation facility after rescuing from Dorithasa under Dekiling geog in Haa Dzongkhag.
The bear was rescued after one of the villagers encaged the bear inside his house. On August 5, this year, in the middle of the night at around 1 AM, Ap Wangdi had locked the bear in the store room of his house when he found that the bear was inside doing mischiefs. The bear had entered the store room and was seen guzzling animal feed, rice, cooking oil, meat and almost anything it can lay hands upon. Then he blocked all his escape routes by locking door and windows.
Report compiled by the rescue team stated that they were alerted about the incident early next morning at around 6 AM. The team after reaching the incident site and upon investigation found that the bear had been barging in the village and terrorizing people.
One to two weeks earlier, the same bear had reportedly appeared and barged into the labour camp. “There, it feasted on consumables such as rice, meat and oil,” report stated. “In addition, it has damaged pressure cooker, Mattress and other kitchen utensils belonging to labourers.”
The team had to bring the bear to the rehabilitation facility at Taba since they found out that the bear is old and aged. It was likely that if released in the forest, it could return and raidthe villages. This is because due to old age, it has become almost impossible for the bear to look for wild foods.
The bear, after tranquilization had to be trans-located in an excavator. This is because, the team could not drive rescue ambulance until Hegoten due to road block. “Villagers, territorial and park staff helped the team to successfully tranquilize the bear,”report mentioned. The bear was then loaded in the excavator and trans-located till Hegoten after which it was transferred to rescue ambulance.”
“It was raining and road had become slippery.” The team took gruelling 9 hours to successfully transport the bear to Taba, where it remains even for today.
Reported by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS
Photo by : Tsencho Tshering, WR&AHC, Taba
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