This Bear Cub Was Caught In A Poacher's Trap. How He Had A Lucky Escape

The young male bear cub was estimated to be about 10 months old and had its left forelimb trapped in a poacher's trap near Vittalapura village in Tumkur district.

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This Bear Cub Was Caught In A Poacher's Trap. How He Had A Lucky Escape

The bear cub was found entangled in a trap near Vittalapura village in Tumkur district

Tumkur:  Trapping wild animals in India is illegal, but this practice is still rampant in many parts of the country. Often, animals who are not the actual target of the traps are also caught and die a miserable death.

A young bear cub in Tumkur district of Karnataka fortunately managed to survive a trap, thanks to an intervention by the state forest department and the NGO, Wildlife SOS. The male bear cub, estimated to be about 10 months old, had its left forelimb trapped in a poacher's trap near Vittalapura village in the district. While trying to free itself from the trap, it became further entangled in a barb wire fence outside a coconut plantation.

Forest officials and NGO representatives had to sedate the young animal before cutting it free from the trap and the fence.  The bear was found to have injuries on its forelimb - and was also bleeding from the mouth after attempting to bite through the barbed wire. Dr Arun A Sha, Director Veterinary Operations, Wildlife SOS said, "Apart from external injuries, the left forelimb was swollen and there was visible bleeding in the mouth as the cub had tried to gnaw his way out of the wire fence. We administered topical treatment for the wounds along with anti-inflammatory injectables."
 
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Along with injuries on his forelimb, the bear cub also bled from his mouth

But this individual story does have a hopeful ending. The team of rescuers kept an eye on the bear for some hours and judged it to be fit enough to continue with its life in the wild. It was released back into the forest and hopefully, a life free of traps.

Just three days earlier, another bear cub had been rescued from another trap - a clear indication that this illegal setting of traps is a terrible threat to wildlife. The forest department is trying to educate villagers against this practice. Laxminarayanappa, Range Forest Officer (Chikkanayakahalli) said, "Measures have been taken to create awareness amongst the local community about learning to co-exist with the wildlife that resides in the neighbouring forest areas and the illegality of committing crimes against wildlife."

Kartick Satyanarayan, Co-founder of Wildlife SOS said "Farmers often set up barbed wires around their fields and plantations to prevent wild animals such as sloth bears, nilgais or wild boars from raiding their crops. Consequently, poachers often use this as a means to get easy access to wild animals by strategically placing snares and traps around these areas."

Wildlife SOS runs a bear rescue centre at Bannerghatta on the outskirts of Bengaluru that houses and rehabilitates dancing bears that have been rescued.

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