Endangered Wild Sloth Bear Rescued and Released from Poacher’s Snare by Wildlife SOS and Forest Department

December 4, 2014 | By wildlife@dmin

In a daring rescue operation,Wildlife SOS team in Bangalore rescued a female sloth bear from poacher’s snare. The two year old bear was trapped in a snare and had injuries. Wildlife SOS received the call from Divisional Forest Officer Karnataka and rushed to Tumkur, Karnataka immediately. The team led by Director-Research & Veterinary Operations- Dr Arun reached the location by 1 pm to rescue the trapped bear.

The baby sloth bear was trapped in a poacher’s wire snare and had been pulling at the snare in an attempt to escape, withering in pain as the wire trap bit her leg.  If there would been further delay, then the wire trap would have bitten her deep down and would have reached the muscle. The Wildlife SOS team consisting of 5 members reached the location and on seeing the trapped bear, immediately set about tranquilizing the animal using a specialized dart gun. The team also took the help of the Forest Department to move the onlookers from the surrounding areas away from the location so the bear could stay calm.

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Once the bear was tranquilized, the Wildlife SOS team started gently removing the wire snare from the foot of the bear. It took the team close to an hour to untangle the bear from the poacher’s snare. The Wildlife SOS team then carefully shifted the injured bear for treatment.

Admiring the efforts of the Wildlife SOS rescue team, Divisional Forest Officer, Tumkur, Karnataka – Mr. Amarnath said “The Wildlife SOS team was pro-active with real energy and their aim was to rescue the animal safely”.

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Dr Arun, Wildlife SOS Veterinary Director said “We are very happy that we were able to rescue the bear safely. The bear was treated for minor injuries and has been released back to the wild.

Geeta Seshamani, Co-Founder, Wildlife SOS said “We are grateful to the Karnataka Forest Department for alerting us to this situation.”

The Anti- poaching unit of Wildlife SOS “Forest Watch” is run with support from One Voice, Humane Society International and Hauser Bears and helps monitor illegal trade in wild animals and their parts mainly operating through a network of informers and decoys, assisting enforcement agencies across India with such intelligence.

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