Finding a solution to Human-Black Bear Conflict



Posted on 17 January 2014  | 
With the first Asiatic Black Bear survey being done in Wangchuck Centennial Park (WCP) with support from WWF Bhutan, Park officials hope to be able to develop an effective mechanism to better manage Human-Black Bear conflict in the area. 

The study will reveal data on the population, size and distribution of Black Bears which will present the dimensions of Human-bear conflict in the area and thereby provide conclusive facts to decision makers. 
According to initial findings from the survey, Asiatic Black Bears in WCP are distributed in altitudinal ranges between 1200 to 4500 m mostly in broad leaved and coniferous forest. 

Through the study, conservationists have also been able to map out different seasonal activities of the Bears as well as their behavior. The camera trapping survey for the study was conducted between 23rd September and 14th November, 2013. 
 
Field staff setting up camera trap
Field staff setting up camera traps during the initial phases of the survey
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