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Himalayan Black Bear Rescued from Sikkim Raj-Bhavan

Himalayan Black Bear Rescued from Sikkim Raj-Bhavan

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NEW DELHI, Oct 21: A Himalayan black bear was tranquilised and rescued from the Raj Bhavan complex in Sikkim’s capital town of Gangtok on Thursday afternoon after an operation that lasted for hours, officials said.

The bear was first spotted by the Raj Bhavan staff around midnight, following which the Forest Department was informed. The bear ate some chickens at the staff quarters of the complex and caused panic among the people present there, officials said.

Forest officials patrolled the complex the entire night to keep the bear at bay and as soon as the day broke, an operation was started to capture it, they added. The animal was captured around 12 pm after being tranquilised, officials said. “The bear was hiding under a culvert. We had to shoot it twice as we missed the first shot,” said Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Dechen Lachungpa.

The bear would be released in the Pangalakha Wildlife sanctuary, officials said. The Himalayan black bear is enlisted as a highly endangered species, they said. Last year, a Himalayan black bear had strayed into the BSNL building near MG Marg and injured a staff.

(Manas Dasgupta)

 

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