Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Operation Clear Bear in Gangtok

GANGTOK, November 17: A nightlong combing operation was conducted by forest department along with Himalayan Zoological Park (HZP) staff and Gangtok police to clear the wooded areas between Kazi road and Tibet road from the menace of transgressing bears, one of which had mauled a grass cutter yesterday at Upper Tathangchen.
A forest department team consisting of DFO (Wildlife, East) Karma Legshey, and Range Officer (Territorial, Gangtok) James Lepcha, Sadar police team led by SI KL Denzongpa and HZP staff led by deputy director Dr Madhan Shankar jointly combed the areas yesterday night which continued till the early morning hours.
The combing-cum-push back operation was done in a coordinated manner and the area which has human habitats has been freed from the bear menace, it is informed. Three bears, one mother and two cubs, had been sighted in the area.
Meanwhile, a cub apparently abandoned by the mother bear has spotted at Rakdong Tintek area. The cub and the mother bear had been spotted by the locals.
The forest team led by Range Officer (Phabongla wildlife sanctuary)
ST Bhutia reached the spot along with the HZP deputy director DrShankar reached the spot and cordoned the area.

The team took steps to ensure that the cub is left alone and there should be no human contact. Reinforcements were sent from the Forest head office to assist the team who combed the area to find the mother bear.
A newly developed cage was also sent to spot to capture the mother bear but the bear has not been traced yet. The cub has been apparently abandoned by the mother bear, it is informed and it is expected that cub could be rescued and taken to HZP if the mother bear is not traced soon

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