GANGTOK: Human-animal conflict continues in Sikkim. Days after a bear was spotted at the Sikkim Raj Bhavan in Gangtok, a man was mauled by a Himalayan black bear in Tareythang village of East Sikkim on Sunday morning.

The victim was initially taken to Pakyong primary health centre and later shifted to the Central Referral Hospital.

The wildlife team from Pangolakha Wildlife sanctuary and Wildlife territorial division of Pakyong combed the area where the incident took place.

Sikkim East District Wildlife DFO Dechen Lachungpa said, “We have deployed a team for night combing of the area. The people have been requested to co-operate with the forest officials and not venture into the forest areas at night.”

The DFO added that efforts are being made to ensure safety of the people. “The Forest team is active and they always give their best in human-animal conflict, especially when it involves the Himalayan Black Bear or any animal that dangerous to humans.”

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