Brown bear released back into the wildEnvironment
Ulaanbaatar /MONTSAME/ In November 2019, a brown bear with frozen paws was found in Onon-Balj National Park, where he was unable to find food on its own. The two-year-old bear was reported to have entered the home of a local herder family and was rescued by protected area (PA) administration officials. Immediately after the bear was brought in, biologists and veterinarians examined the bear and found that its four paws were frozen, cracked, and bleeding.
Veterinarians concluded the bear would not be able to winter on its own due to the injury and the PA administration staff prepared warm place and have been feeding him ever since. Residents of the buffer zone were provided with up-to-date news about the bear, food donations were issued, and daily observations of the bear's diet, behavior, and health were made.
The bear's paws healed properly. Therefore, he returned to the wild in April 2020. Specialists from the Onon-Balj National Park Administration took the initiative to care and feed the bear, with financial support from the WWF-Mongolia, Ministry of Nature, Environment and Tourism and the local community.
Source: WWF Mongolia