Asiatic black bear

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Recently, a new study revealed that the Kashmir Valley has bucked the trend of Asiatic black attacks on humans rarely reported throughout the animal’s global range.

About Asiatic black bear

  • The Asiatic black bear is known as the Moon bear.
  • The Asiatic black bear has 7 subspecies, out of which we find the Himalayan Black Bear subspecies in India.
  • Features: The Asiatic Black Bear has a coat of smooth black fur and can be distinguished by a V of white fur on its chest.
  • Range: The Asiatic black bear lives in a narrow band stretching from south-eastern Iran to Myanmar, across the Himalayan foothills.
  • In India, it is found in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Sikkim, and the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The Asiatic black bear is omnivorous.
  • Conservation status
  • IUCN Red List: Vulnerable
  • CITES: Appendix I
  • Wild Life Protection Act 1972: Schedule II


Q1) Where do we find Sloth Bear?

Sloth bears are endemic to the Indian sub-continent and are found in all parts of India except Jammu and Kashmir and northeastern States.

Source: 2,357 attacks in 20 years: calm Asiatic black bears on a short fuse in Kashmir