This report was sent by our IFAW colleague in India, Ashraf NVK.
Two Asiatic black bear cubs, 1.5 months old, one male and one female, were rescued from poachers (who had killed their mother) and were handed over to the Basumathari, Lower Assam MVS veterinarian today. The two rescued, now orphaned, will soon arrive at the IFAW supported rescue center in Arunachal Pradesh, Center for Bear Rehabilitation and Conservation (CBRC).
Just last month 5 Asiatic black bears were released back into the wild after being rehabilitated at CBRC. Here's the link to the blog post on that story.
These new cubs were rescued from the Bogajuli Forest Reserve that borders Bhutan and is an encroached area within the busy Baksa district to the Northeast.
This is the second time bear cubs have arrived at CBRC from this area. All the Bodoland Territorial Council districts, which includes Baksa, are located along the Indo-Bhutan boundary and bears probably come from the hills down to the plains during winter. Some of them may breed in this area during this time, or there may be resident bears in the area. Either way, it's difficult to provide reasoning for the number of bears being rescued from this area.
Most of the bears that have arrived at CBRC originated from the state of Assam.
Similarly, the common cause of wildlife displacement in Lower Assam is poaching. Due to this, CBRC not only receives bears but also receives rare species like hispid hare, wild dog, clouded leopard, and pygmy hog, but many of them arrive dead.
The attached photo of the orphaned cubs was carried in one of Assam’s daily news.