21 July, 2022
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Scientists from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, and the Himachal Pradesh Forest department have calculated the density and the population of Asiatic black bears in two Protected Areas of Himachal Pradesh.
About black bears
Feature: It has a glossy black coat with a whitish mark shaped like a crescent moon on the chest.
An adult male weighs 100–200 kg and a female about half as much as a male bear.
IUCN red list: It has been categorized as Vulnerable under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List of Threatened Species and is also listed under Appendix I of CITES and Schedule I of the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972.
Methods used to determine the population status of Asiatic black bears in India have been limited to questionnaires, sign surveys, and genetic sampling using hair samples.
Source: Down To Earth
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