Wildlife Conservation Division officials rescued a Himalayan Black Bear, weighing about 51 kgs, from the Pension Housing colony in Thimphu on September 18.
Colony residents who saw the bear in their backyard kitchen garden first tried to chase it away. They informed the rescue office in Taba when the bear refused to return its habitat.
As per the report the bear had already climbed the willow tree in the kitchen garden when the rescue team reached the site. “The bear was intimidated by the onlookers; was too stressed,” the report stated.
It took rescue officials several hours to bring the bear down to a safe height to carry out darting since the bear hid itself within the leaves of the willow tree. Darting at such height would hurt the animal from the fall. Only after the bear climbed down to a safe height the rescue team attempted darting but due to poor lighting, was unable to hit the animal with the first shot.
After a few tries the animal was successfully seated and transported to the wildlife rescue captive area.
This is the third time a Himalayan Black Bear has been rescued in the last one month. In the first incident a Himalayan bear was found trapped in a snare set near an apple orchard in Wamang Simo under Thimphu Dzonghag.
The animal is under observation.