Rajasthan: Pair Of Sloth Bears To Shift To Sariska

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Rajasthan: Pair Of Sloth Bears To Shift To Sariska

| Updated: January 29, 2023 16:59

Rajasthan Forest department is preparing to move a couple of sloth bears at the Sariska Tiger Reserve (STR) following the successful reintroduction of tigers there. The two are anticipated to be transported from the Jalore district communities of Sundha Mata and Jaswantpura.

Field director, STR, RN Meena said, “The proposal has received a nod from the chief wildlife warden. There has been correspondence with the Wildlife Institute of India (WII) for radio-collaring the animal before releasing.”As per the proposal, two pairs of sloth bears will be released in phases.

An official stated that because the sloth bears are in the process of dispersing, radio collaring is required at the time of reintroduction. Animals should be collared because they might wander into regions that are heavily populated by people, which could cause conflict.

“This is also applicable to tigers and other animals that are newly introduced in an area and require to be maintained for a limited period until they acclimatise. Along with radio collars, the department will adopt substitute conventional protection monitoring and surveillance methods such as intensive patrolling on foot, anti-poaching camps, information/ intelligence gathering etc.”

Green campaigners were informed that there is a location in Sariska known as “Reechunda,” which means the place of or sloth bear, according to historical records. Wildlife specialists had long been asking for this because STR formerly had a sizable population of sloth bears

Dinesh Durani, the founder of the Sariska Tiger Foundation, said, “In April 2013, a male sloth bear was rescued and released in Sariska. We had demanded to pair the animal as it would have given a boost to conservation. However, before any steps were taken the bear disappeared. We welcome the move of the forest as Sariska has lots of potentials and its population can flourish.”

According to experts, sloth bears have been spotted frequently in forested areas like Mount Abu and are now migrating into populated areas, raising the threat of human-animal conflict. One possibility for resolving the problem would be to move from those places to Sariska. 

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