Crazy bear?


A bear recently wrecked havoc in the meditation centre in Tango. Thankfully, it did not attack any of the monks.

But others have not been as lucky. Earlier this month, a bear mauled and killed a man in Dawakha. A little upstream, in Jabana, a farmer managed a narrow escape after stabbing a bear two times. Further upstream, in Shari (Haa), a man was severely mauled by a bear. And on the other side of the Wangchu, in Chapcha, another man was seriously mauled by a bear.

Be careful when you venture into the forests. Never go alone. And always try to alert and scare away any bears in the vicinity.

Bears forage at this time of the year. Many of them do so with their cubs So they are naturally nervous. And they will attack if they are startled.

But the recent spate of bear attacks may not be normal. A single bear could easily cover Shari, Jabana, Dawakha, Chapcha and Tango in a couple of days. So could it be that the same bear visited all these places? Could it be a rabid animal? Could it be the bear that the brave farmer in Jabana stabbed?

Regardless, it would be advisable for the concerned authorities to look into the matter immediately … before more lives are endangered.


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  1. Jabana, Dawakha, Chapcha could be possible for one bear or its family to cover, but not Tango. Bear is not like Tiger to cover large areas for their habitat. Bear also like Dogs protect their small habitat from invadors. Therefore, Tango area could have its own inhabitant bear.

    Frequent Bear attacks also could be due to human intervention into Bear habitat and food chains. Loss of food resources due to Bamboo die-back this year also could be one primary reason for the bears to be coming to agricultural fields and being agressive. The other reason is could be that modern people do not have indegineous knowledge of warding away wild animals.

    Guard oneself and respect wildlife food and habitat….living in hamrony is obvious!

  2. Y Penjor,
    I agree with you when you say that we must live in harmony ( though it is with a wild animal in this case). If I may be permitted to joke, the animal must also live in harmony with us.I have always believed that those protecting the wild animals are those lost people who are not directly affected by the wildness of the wild animals.
    However,it is time to legalize the killing of wild boar. They cannot continue to terrorize the poor farmers this long.Their population have increased by 100 fold and about 30% of the crop is lost to this bad pigs. I say that this bad pig’s killing be legalized and when its population goes down, hunting be allowed on seasonal basis like collection on codyceps.
    Most of our country’s law are self suffocating and likes to noose around the neck of our own countrymen. This is one sample of such rules. There are many in RCSC. Oh, there are no rules in RCSC.

  3. waikhorey says

    OL and others who care now have an opportunity to do something. Please contribute generously to the Human Wildlife Conflict management Endowment Fund set up by the MoFA. This fund will be used to compensate farmers for their loss and also support them to obtain medical treatment in the case of injuries. Wild boar – who says it is forbidden to kill? You are not allowed to hunt but you can protect your crops and property and kill them if they encroach.

  4. Dear Jigme,
    You most welcome to joke and I fully agree with your joke. I also have been arguing that culling/hunting of Wild Boars, Monkeys (Red and mischivious one), barking deer etc. should be allowed till their numbers are acceptable. Even the endangered Raindeer (Shawa) has become a menace in my village community. For such endangered species of wildlife, there should be compensation from the Conservation Foundations including the govt agencies.

    At the same time, the harmony I am saying is, if human collect all the mushrooms, berries, plants (like bamboo shoots) and flowers from the forest, there is no food for the wildlife left other than the ones in the agriculture fields. If humans cut down forests for infrastructure development (road, power tranmission and housing), animals have no habitat. We humans need to consider such encroachments to prevent animals encroaching human settlements. The only misfortune I see is that the urban elites and policy makers encroach wildlife habitat and wildife encroach poor farmers’ settlements and fields in reciprocation.

  5. The RCSC and the civil service rules…I have decided to leave it for good and I do not wish to discuss anymore.

  6. Dear waikhorey,
    Boars are allowed to kill but the boars unfortunately do not die within the 200 meters from the field boundary specified in the Forest and Nature Conservation rules. This boundary specification is what is challenging the farmers.

    Boar culling is a challenge all over the world. Why not Bhutan follow the suit of Poland, culling the Boars by Department of Forest. If you ever visit Poland as a Forestry guest, be sure to be feasted with Boar meat.

  7. Hi Ypenjor and Waikhorey,
    I do not see the need for contribution. There are piles and piles of money donated from outside for wild life conservation. But only people benefiting are those working in the project.You can go to Poland through wildlife conservation projest’s money and enjoy wild boar meat there because you cannot do it in boarland Bhutan.A pie might slip to those located in the protected area by mistake.
    I also think that people are losing their sense and sometimes acting eccentric. Those hi fi talks about conservation when our country fellow’s food security is threatened. I think what we need is a practical and a sensible policy. Once again I would like to joke by saying that if very bad animals like wild boar go extinct, they will become more popular. Their skeleton will be displayed in museums like that of dinosaurs and guide would be busy explaining :it used to eat maize and paddy (and sometimes bullshits) from farmers field in Trashiyangtse because there was no enough mushroom, cherries, bamboo shoots to feed its growing population. But I very doubt whether my joke will be a reality as DoF is hell bent on increasing the rapidly increasing population of the wild boar. It is a win win for wild boar and lose lose for poor farmers. Aren’t there experts in forestry department capable enough to determine the culling of wild boars to maintain the population at less bad level?
    I would like to say that I am an Ardent supporter of conservation. All threatened animal must be protected, including monkeys, barking deer, even that very very dangerous raindeer ( known to have destroyed hundred acres of field), and that Tango Dawakha bear.I am just against the wild boar rule. 200m? It will be shot in a field in one village in Trashigang but will die in wide the valley of Thimphu. Wild boar is not threatened but threatening animal. Beware of wild boars!

  8. Sonam Wangchuk says

    In one of the explanation for bear’s home range, it could possibly be one animal in Jabana and Dawakha as the home range of an adult could range from 20-30, but the one in Chapcha and Tango are definitely two different individuals. Please note the river barrier in between. Despite the animals being good swimmers, it will not be possible to cut across fast rapids like the Thimphu chu river etc. On top of that, the incidence in Dawakha and Tango took place simultaneously also suggesting two different individuals. For more information about Himalayan Black Bears, please check the link:

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