Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Three goats killed by bears near Pakyong

PAKYONG, November 17: A pair of Himalayan Black Bear has been suspected to be roaming around Thekabung jungle, above Parakha BAC office, about 12 kilometres away from here.
The villagers suspect that the bears have eaten three goats, which were left in the jungle for grazing recently. These goats, the villagers said had gone missing from where they were left for grazing.
The State Forest officials and staff members of the sub-division have been in the look out of the black bears for the past two days. However, the departmental team is yet to trace the elusive animal.
Speaking to this correspondent, BK Dhamala, Range Officer, Pakyong sub-division said, the fresh waste (toilet) of bear has been sighted at Thekabung jungle this morning through which they guess that an adult animal and a cub might be there.
“Due to dense bushes and trees, we were unable to locate as where the bear was hiding,” the RO said adding that the search is still on. He further said that the bear might have eaten the three goats that went missing for the past three days.
“We have informed to the department but still no one has come to the place for tracing and capturing the bear,” Mr. Dhamala said.
On the other hand, local people fear that the animal may enter the village and cause damage.

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