Forest Officials trap bear that strayed into farmlands in Malappuram
Malappuram: A bear which strayed into the rubber plantations at Moothedam here to eat honey was trapped in a net set up by the forest department.
The forest officials trapped the bear on Friday night after it was spotted in a human settlement are. A cage was brought from Karuvarakund to take the wild animal. After hours of long effort during the night, the officials managed to take it from there.
The bear was found injured on a paddy field here on Friday morning around 8’0 clock. As the news spread like wildfire, many people arrived here to see the animal. On seeing the crowd, the bear hid in the nearby thickets.
Following this, officials in Kalkulam forest station reached the spot to provide security to the animal.
As bears are listed in schedule 1 of wild animals act, there are some legal issues to trap it. Hence, the forest officials submitted a request to Nilambur south DFO chief wildlife warden. Around 1 pm, they got permission to catch it.
Police and forest officials had a tough time to control the situation as more than 100 people gathered at the spot.
Around 4 pm, the forest officials along with forest rapid response team and natives managed to spread a net across the area where the bear was hiding. According to reports, the bear suffered injuries on its waist and back.
Veterinary surgeons Dr Arun Sathyan and Dr Mini coordinated the action to trap the bear.