Ballari: A female sloth bear strayed in an area on the outskirts of Ballari city. The bear was first spotted on Friday night near Dental College.
With the help of forest department staff, police, NGOs the teams finally located the bear in a residential area at 16th Cross, Talur Road at 8 am on Saturday.
With a well-coordinated rescue operation, they captured the bear at around 2 pm on Saturday, said officials of the forest department.
Officers and staff from Ballari Forest Division, Karnataka Forest Department meticulously coordinated the day-long rescue operation to capture the bear without any harm to either animal or the public. Residents in the vicinity remained calm and cooperated during the whole operation, officials said.
The Rescue operation involved officers and staff from Forest Department, Hampi Zoo, Police, District Administration, Home Guards, Red Cross. Manjunath, Range Forest Officer Ballari led the team. It also involved local wildlife experts and wildlife rescuers in the sensitive task of capturing a wild animal in a residential area.
Veterinary Doctor from Atal Bihari Zoological Park and has examined the Bear, and the Department is planning to release the rescued animal to the wild again.
The officials said that female sloth bear aged about 6-7 years