Two Himalayan Black Bears rescued in weeks apart

Officials inspecting the rescued bear for injury
Officials inspecting the rescued bear for injury

August 17, 2016, Thimphu: Officials from Wildlife Rescue and Animal Health Centre at Taba together with other forestry officials freed two Himalayan Black Bears in last few weeks. These bears were reported to have been ensnared within the fringes of agriculture fields and orchard in Paro.

In the most recent case, a female Himalayan Black Bear weighing 43 kgs was rescued from the place called Shaogay Dolep in Wanakha under Naja gewog of Paro last Monday, August 15. According to rescue officials, they were informed by Paro forest division official about the entangled bear early in the morning that day. Hence, five-member rescue officials rushed to the scene.

One of the rescue officials, Tsencho Tshering shared that upon reaching the site; they found that a bear was trapped in the snare near the Buckwheat field. “Upon closer look, we found that the bear was caught in the neck by the snare which was set up using bike throttle cable.”

The bear was first tranquilized by the rescue team induced through a tranquilizer dart. “We prepared the tranquilizer based on the approximate age and weight of the ensnared bear.” Once the bear was immobilized, the team assessed its injury. “We found that the bear sustained no major injury except for a small scratch mark on the neck caused by the cable,” said the rescue official.

They collected faecal and blood sample and was relocated to the safe area, where it was released after bringing it back to sense.

In a similar case, a male bear was rescued on August 3, from Tashigang village in Dawakha, Dogar gewog in Paro. Similar the female bear, the male was also reported to have been caught in the snare near the apple orchard. “This one was caught at abdomen,” said Tsencho. He added that fortunately, the male bear has also not sustained any serious injury except small scratch. “We applied ointments and released it in a safer area on the same day,” the rescue officials said.

They said that it is peak summer season and the crops and fruit trees are all laden with juicy fruits. This, they said, are attracting different wild animals, which comes barging into the field. This is the time when human-wildlife conflicts incidents increase. This results in death or injury of both wild animals and humans.

Reported by: Ugyen Tshering, ICS

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