The Himalayan Brown bear

 

The Himalayan brown bearAbout the Species: It is one of the largest carnivores in the highlands of the Himalayas.
Conservation Status:

  • IUCN: Critically Endangered
  • CITES: Appendix I
  • Wildlife Protection Act, 1972: Schedule I

Habitat: It occupies the higher reaches of the Himalayas in remote, mountainous areas of Pakistan and India. Small Population is also found in Tibetan Autonomous Region of China and Bhutan.

Characteristics:

  • They are the largest animals in the Himalayas and are usually sandy or reddish-brown in colour.
  • Food Habits: Himalayan brown bears are omnivores and eat grasses, roots and other plants as well as insects and small mammals. They also like fruits and berries and prey on large mammals, including sheep and goats.

Threats:

  • Habitat loss
  • Killing by livestock herders
  • Poaching for fur and for the illegal body parts trade
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