Jangaon: An adult sloth bear, which strayed into Jangaon town in the wee hours of Monday, created a mild commotion and scare among citizens.
While it was spotted around 3 am on the premises of Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCP), it was caught by forest officials around 11 am. Later, the officials shifted the tranquilised bear to Tadvai forest area in Mulugu district.
According to Warangal Urban and Jangaon District Forest Officer (DFO), G Ramalingam, the bear climbed a tree and remained there till the rescue team reached. But when the team tried to use tranquiliser, it jumped from the tree and went into nearby RTC depot workshop and climbed another tree.
They heard about the straying of the bear around 6 am. “Following this, a forest team including veterinarian Dr Ch Praveen Kumar from Warangal reached the spot at 8.30 am and started the rescue operation. The first attempt to tranquilise it failed. We had to tranquilise it second time to make it unconscious. Since there is no food in the Jangaon forest area we decided to shift it to Tadvai, where the forest is dense” the DFO added. It is suspected that the bear might have entered the town from Jeedikal in search of food and water.
A proposal to set up a ‘sloth bear sanctuary’ covering 2,400 hectares of the reserve forest area spread across Zaffergadh, Station Ghanpur and Raghunathapally mandals was made by the then Warangal DFO (wildlife) Ch Ganga Reddy as incidents of sloth bears sneaking into human habitat had been on the rise. But, no decision on the proposal has been taken yet. “Straying of bears into villages and towns in erstwhile Warangal district has become a common phenomenon due to continuous destruction of their natural habitat,” said a forest official.