Hi­malayan Black bear res­cued in Chapcha in Chukkha

Bhutan Times - - Front Page - An­jana Subba

Upon re­ceiv­ing a call from the lo­cal vil­lagers the Range of­fice in Chapcha, Chukha Dzongkhag about the trapped black bear, a team from wildlife res­cue and an­i­mal sec­tion of wildlife con­ser­va­tion di­vi­sion went to­wards the site. The two plus year old fe­male Hi­malayan Black Bear was trapped in the snare set for the wild pig in the maize field of Ap. Pas­sang of Chapcha Tana­pangkha. Ac­cord­ing to Ap. Pas­sang the snare was set mainly to trap the frus­trat­ing wild pig that da­m­ages his good yield­ing maize ev­ery night, bring­ing his one year hard work in vain. But he said that it was un­for­tu­nate for the two years old fe­male bear to get trapped in the snare.

The bear was tran­quil­ized im­me­di­ately with the 0.5 ml of cap­tivon to re­duce the stress of be­ing in the snare for more than an hour and also to avoid fear from the hu­man crowd. The de­tail mea­sure­ment of the body and the body parts of bear were taken and recorded ac­cord­ingly for of­fi­cial and fu­ture pur­poses. The fe­male was Hi­malayan Black Bear of ap­prox­i­mately 2 plus year. She was 116 cm long weigh­ing of almost 62 kilo­grams.

Blood sam­ples and par­a­sites like teak was also ex­tracted for fur­ther lab­o­ra­tory test. The bear was ex­am­ined if it re­quired fur­ther treat­ments. Since there were no phys­i­cal in­juries, and find­ing her fit and very ac­tive the bear was trans­ferred in iron cre­ate after giv­ing the re­vival of 2 ml of Trexnol. The ap­prox­i­mately 2 year old Hi­malayan black bear was later re­lo­cated back to her nat­u­ral habi­tat.

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